Carl Jung tells us that at times the kore may appear as water-sprite (CW 9i, para. 311). In the above painting, we see a prince talking to a water sprite.
The word sprite is derived from the Latin “spiritus” (spirit) . A sprite is an imaginary creature of lore, an elf-like creatures or fairy like. As kore they are personifications of the feminine spirit in nature and of feminine innocence as an aspect of nature.
- Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, Collected Works Volume 9i by C. G. Jung
- A Tale of Fairyland (the Princess Nobody) by Andrew Lang, Richard Doyle