The skin of the earth,
the skin of the stones,

are my skin, caressed by the winds.
These are the feelings and the sounds
from which I was originated.

On this earth, while I exist and live,

Brahamanda-Lingam stone, the Cosmic Egg;
Benares, height 83 cm.

I hear my life pulsing,
throughout my skin.

Victor Tilgner (1844 - 1896)
Marble bust of the Vienna Burg-Theater actress Charlotte Wolter (detail)
Carrara marble, height 82 cm.