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Amazon and Shield Maiden by humon Amazon and Shield Maiden by humon
I've been wanting to do a drawing of an amazon and a shield maiden and their different attitudes towards men for a few weeks now.

Amazons were said to be quite cruel to men, and would attack other nations just to steal their men and make them slaves whom they could reproduce with once a year.
Also about amazons [link]

Shield maidens are the Nordics' version of amazons, though they showed no hated towards men and fought by their side. Though if a man was beat in battle he was made a work slave.
They are sometimes confused with valkyries, but differs from them because they are human, while valkyries are demi goddesses.

For the amazon I tried to mix some of the old and new ideas about them, as well as add some of my own. Her clothes is inspired by old Greek paintings of them, and while it isn't visible here, her right breast is cut off (To use bow and arrow, and spear without it getting in the way). Her being tall is part of newer amazon traditions, and I gave her short hair because if she is willing to cut her right breast off to be a better fighter, she'd surely cut her hair so it wouldn't get in the way.

The shield maiden's clothes and hair are inspired by Viking women's fashion.

EDIT: Of course the cutting off breasts part is a myth. Amazons weren't real, so everything about them is a myth. Watch the video I linked to.

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2wingo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I never really understood the whole "cutting off the right breast" part of the Amazon myth. It would have been much more of a hindrance than a help.
pansexual13 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Loving it. Were did they get him from?
Thunder-Kite Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
I don't get how guys are always such pushovers, I mean yeah you have to be polite to a lady but that doesn't mean allowing her to take you hostage/kidnap you, and I certainly wouldn't let anyone barter over my life!
JackieReaper Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
stephmala Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Writer
Hello! I'm gathering pictures of women in powerfull positions/situations for the group #ActionLadies. I would love to have some of your work over there if you'd like. :)
NamelessManic Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Is she the kind of amazon that cuts off their tit or no?
Sarkananight Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
atamari101 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Amazon women were not pretty feminine or gorgeous. They act manly but envious of the opposite sex. Not to mention they wish they had opposite sex reproductive organ instead of capturing a guy. :nod:
Jakegothicsnake Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I think I'd rather have a shield maiden for a wife rather than an amazon. The shield maiden seems nicer.
Renee-Niels Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, same here. XD She's at least sticking up for the poor guy!
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