Rara Avis

“Do not destroy the sacred lions of the Gods of Africa.” Credo Mutwa.

“Rara Avis” is something rare and unique, a wonder or a marvel as are the White Lion of the Timbavati who “appeared from nowhere and dissolved again without a trace”. Linda Tucker from “Mystery of the White Lions”.

I created this image as a plea to mankind to save the White Lions from extinction. An appeal to “those who do not care to those who have no ears. A plea to those who chose to do nothing in the face of monstrous evil. Leave the Lions of the Timbavati alone”. Credo Mutwa.

The work aims to portray a feeling of helplessness, depression and futility. I used the sculpture of Edith Breckwoldt called “Prufung” or the “Ordeal” to portray the despair that mankind will one day experience one we realize how we have destroyed our most valuable assets.

The remains of the St Nicholas’ Church in Hamburg stands as a stark reminder of this human tendency to destruct.

I used the Ruff, the marathon athlete of migratory birds, in this image to portray the ability of birds to navigate air, land and sea. Birds are regarded as divine messengers with the ability to traverse worlds, time and realities. The Lion rock symbolizes that the Sacred Lion Spirit looks back upon humanity forgivingly and reawakens the desire to care and protect. The icy blue colors give the work a coldness that gradually changes into the warm glow on the lion rock showing that there is still hope.

Price List

Description Size cm Edition Copies Price ZAR
Limited edition signed print on paper 30x45 250 5,000.00
Limited edition signed print on paper 50x75 150 7,500.00
Limited edition signed print on canvas 60x90 150 10,000.00
Limited edition signed print on canvas 75x115 100 15,000.00
Limited edition Collectors Box (all 23 images) 30x45 50 65,000.00
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Purchasing - Mystery of the White Lion Collection

The collection consists of 23 artworks created in Veronica Coetzer’s unique photomontage style that she developed to assist herself and other trauma and abuse victims in the healing process.

Each work is filled with meaningful imagery, symbols and motives that become evident upon close inspection. The works tell the story of the White Lion from the earliest days from the time of the Sabre Tooth and the First Man, through the time of the Pharaoh's till today.

Veronica has attached a short motivation with each work but the nature of the work allows for a different and personal interpretation that is unique to the viewer.

Each work is signed and numbered by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Superior quality art paper, canvas and ink are used in the creation of these artworks. Each work is presented in a tube and the full set of 23 images in a special collector’s edition portfolio box. These prices exclude delivery and any taxes or duties should they be applicable in the country of destination.


Shipping/delivery is quoted per destination.

Duties and Taxes

These prices exclude taxes and any duties or clearing costs as these differ. Certain countries charge no duties on artworks.

14% Vat applies to South African purchases.

Delivery Times

You will receive your artwork within 21 working days of our having received payment in full. Whilst most purchasers will receive their works far quicker than 21 days this allows for those periods that the artist is on photographic safaris and works need to be personally signed.

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