Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Peter Paul Rubens, Circa 1616

      

The account of the beheading of Holofernes by Judith is given in the deuterocanonical book of Judith, and is the subject of numerous depictions in painting and sculpture. In the story, Judith, a beautiful widow and chosen by God, uses her charms to enter the tent of Holofernes, an Assyrian general out to destroy Judith’s hometown. Overcome with drink, he passes out and is decapitated by Judith; his head is taken away in a basket (often depicted as carried by an elderly female servant).

“Frankenstein would want your mind. 
Your lovely head.”

– Alison Goldfrapp

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