Obj. ID: 27527
Modern Jewish Art Raban, King Solomon and the Hoopoe Bird, illustration for Ch. N. Bialik's King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
The picture represents King Solomon as an oriental writer dressed in a green-grey gown and a purple robe. His head is covered with an orange turban. He is sitting on a blue cushion on the blue-orange floor. To his right on the floor is a narghileh and above him to his left an oil lamp hangs from the ceiling. In front of him is a green peacock on a stand. The room is yellow and has a vaulted ceiling. Framed by a decorative winged lion on each side.
This text was prepared by Alec Mishory:
Hebrew poet laureate Ch. N. Bialik collected, arranged, and retold many Jewish folk tales in the modern period. One of them - King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba - tells how the King organized a feast for all kings of the region, the beasts, insects and fouls of the land. All came, except for the hoopoe bird. The king was angry and ordered his servants to find her. When she finally appeared, she suggested to bring the queen of Sheba to Jerusalem. The king sent her on a voyage as a messenger to the queen who finally arrives in Jerusalem to witness Solomon's wisdom.