The Island of Golden Asses
acrylic on canvas
12" by 16"

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From: Dictionary of Imaginary Places
(Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi –

New York, 1980):

“Golden Asses, Island of, near the island of
Polypragmosyne. This is where the Wise Men of
Gotham, and other people from
Polypragmosyne who have meddled with things
they do not understand, end their days, having
been turned into donkeys with ears a yard long.


It is said that they will remain donkeys until, by
the laws of natural development, the thistles on
the island turn into roses. In the meantime, the
inhabitants comfort themselves with the thought
that the longer their ears, the thicker their hides,
so a good beating will not hurt them. Visitors can
ride the inhabitants at leisure.”


Original source:

The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby
(Charles Kingsley – London, 1863)

© Ron Orpitelli 2016
© Ron Orpitelli 2016