Portrait drawn with charcoal on black paper, collage background. Original artwork (297 x 450mm) mounted and Framed (420 x 520 mm) as shown in photo.
California was the name given to a mythical island in the popular early 16th cetury romance novel "Las Sergas de Esplandian (Adventures of Esplandian) by spanish author Garci Rodriguez de Montalve. The island, which was situated off the west coast of North America, was populated only by black female warriors amd was rich in gold amd pearls. Their leader was Queen Calafiia. In the story Calafia sails across the Antlantic to Africa to defend her Muslim brothers and sister in a battle aganst the Christians. It is this story of Black Heroinism in the name of Islam that the state of California gets its name.