Photo credit: Donor provided
Accession Number: C.2020.38.1
Dimensions: 33 in X 11 in
Dimensions (Metric): 83.82 cm X 27.94 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
T'was Rangda Set the Birds Afire I
Woodblock print titled T'was Rangda Set the Birds Afire I, created in 2002 by Charles Miley. The print depicts the Balinese Hindu mythological creature named Rangda. Wild eyes and a large dangling tongue, Rangda is rendered in red, black and white with the Twin Towers looming behind her. She clutches a white cloth between her claws. A fireball erupts from one of the towers.
Rangda, a fearsome figure in Balinese Hindu mythology is the personification of evil. Rangda’s power is concentrated in the white cloth covered with runes that she brandishes while working her spells. Artist Charles "Chuck" Miley imagined Rangda's presence on 9/11 in these woodblock prints he created in response to the terrifying event. Rendered entirely in white, red and black ink, Rangda is clutching the cloth tightly between her long claws. Her hair is unruly, and a long, serpentine tongue protrudes between her fangs.