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The Idol

A golden idol is carried on the shoulders of slaves against a starry evening sky. This mysterious image is rooted in the nineteenth-century European fascination with Egypt, a form of the Egyptomania that had influenced fine and decorative arts at various times since the Renaissance. The...

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Graphite, l.r.: Olaf Lange; l.l.: no 41/50


James A. Bergquist, Newton, MA; sold by James A. Bergquist to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Accession date: December 13, 2006)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Phyllis Anina Moriarty

about 1910


Sheet: 47.6 x 65.3 cm (18 3/4 x 25 11/16 in.) Image: 31.9 x 41.4 cm (12 9/16 x 16 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Etching and aquatint, printed from multiple plates in color and metallic inks


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