This appears on various folklore and cryptozoology sites as an illustration of a bunyip. None I can find credit an artist or source. It has a 19th century look to it, but that’s just speculation.
If you know who the artist is or where to find a higher quality copy of this image, please reblog with info.
i have no idea if you’re still looking for the artist or the source, but two sites say this is a piece by an ainslie roberts! this is his wikipedia, and site. he has lots of interesting works, and this piece was in a book called Bunyips: Australia’s folklore of fear. i don’t know much else but if you want i found a cute site about bunyips too.
After months without answers, two bloggers recognized the art on the same day. Dotesmite identified this as one of the interior illustrations in The Dawn of Time, a book of indigenous Australian myths by Charles P. Mountsford first published in 1969.
I love the parasite on his leg… even bugs get bugs!!!
That actually isn’t a parasite, but a hitch-hiking pseudoscorpion! They grab on to flying insects in order to travel vast (to them) distances, dropping off when their vehicle lands somewhere suitable.
They can be found all over the world and probably colonize distant islands this way. They prey on springtails, mites and other equally tiny arthropods and are even common in old libraries, feeding on the booklice.
So I’m moving into a new apartment, and I was told that the room had been damaged, but nothing could have prepared me for the fact that someone had carved Li Shang’s head out of the bathroom door and written “We must defeat the Huns!” on it.