This artwork is a tribute to "The Thousand and One Nights", also called "The Arabian Nights", Arabic Alf laylah wa laylah, a collection of largely Middle Eastern and Indian stories of uncertain date and authorship. Its tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sindbad the Sailor have almost become part of Western folklore. However, these were added to the collection only in the 18th century in European adaptations.

Its scene is Central Asia or "the islands or peninsulae of India and China," where King Shahryar, after discovering that his wife has been regularly unfaithful during his absences, kills her and those with whom she has betrayed him. Then, loathing all womankind, he marries and kills a new wife each day until no more candidates can be found. His vizier, however, has two daughters, Shahrazad (Scheherazade) and Dunyazad; and the elder, Shahrazad, having devised a scheme to save herself and others, insists that her father give her in marriage to the king. Each evening she tells a story, leaving it incomplete and promising to finish it the following night. The stories are so entertaining, and the king so eager to hear the end that he puts off her execution from day to day and finally abandons his evil plan.

A few transcription "clues" for this artwork:

- Shahrazad is on the left side (top to bottom) in pink and gold colours.

- Her father, the vizier (on the right bottom corner - face with moustaches in yellow and gold, behind the pink frame), watches her with sadness through the window.

- There are a few images of young wives (in the middle top to bottom in yellow and red colours mainly) killed by King Shahryar. Their pictures are deformed as they are like a ghost.

- Image of the King is in blue mostly (except his nose in light blue on the left side - behind of yellow vertical pattern).

There are a few images to find. Let's try. Good luck!


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"The Arabian Nights". 2020. Acrylic on canvas. 121.5cm x 91.5cm

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