This image depicts the celebration of the harvest festival of honouring the pagan god Svantovit, taking
place on the Baltic island of Rujana's capital city of Arkona. The treasure-filled temple which lay at the heart of the celebration was a place of pilgrimage for Slavs during the eighth to tenth centuries. Arkona was
later conquered by Danish warriors and, by Mucha's time, had acquired mythic status as a symbol of former Slavic glory.
The temple can be seen in the left background. Brightest amongst the pilgrims in the foreground is a mother
and child, with sun setting on the scene behind her. In the top left is the Viking god Thor with a pack of dogs, foretelling the future destruction of Arkona. At the very top, centre, a Slavic warrior is dying in the in
front the figure of Svantovit who sprouts the leaves of the linden tree. The vertical shaft of blue/white is the warrior's sword which is being taken by the god to protect the future of the Slavs.
The importance of artistic endeavour as a response to war is emphasised by the three musicians in the centre
right of the composition and the foreground figure of a wood carver being consoled and inspired by his muse.