35.6 x 63.8cm
The title of this work refers to the followers of Basilides, a second-century Gnostic Christian religious teacher in Alexandria, Egypt. Inspired by Waller's interest in theosophy and other religious and mystical teachings, the meaning of the picture is obscure.
Deborah Edwards, Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art Sep 1989, 'The New Greece / 'Delos of a coming Sun-god's race'', pg. 31-54, Domain, Sep 1989, 37 (colour illus.), 52, 65.
Heather Johnson, Aspects of Art Deco in Australia: Sunrise over the Pacific, 'Art Deco art', pg. 96-105, St Leonards, 2001, 99 (colour illus.), 100. plate no. 114
Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art 1890's-1930's, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Oct 1989–26 Nov 1989