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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 16.5 x 10.4 cm (6 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.20.a
The dark-skinned figure on the left was originally painted in a peach toned complexion that is still visible on his torso.
In this story, a goldsmith and a carpenter plan to steal a city’s idols by convincing the king that they have left on their own. They appear before the king, who addresses them from beneath a parasol in the lower register. The two golden idols sit in a shrine in the upper register.
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