An Eunuch's Dream

An Eunuch's Dream


Artist: Jean Lecomte du Nouÿ (French, 1842 - 1923)
Title: An Eunuch's Dream,1874
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Medium: Oil on Panel
Size: 15 ½ x 25 ¾ inches/39.3x65.4 cm

This painting depicts a eunuch who wanted to marry a harem slave. He experienced a vision of her while smoking his opium pipe, but her little companion holding a knife dripping with blood reminds us that the eunuch’s anatomy precludes the fulfillment of his dream. The outline of a hand next to the signature is a khamsa, a symbol used to ward off evil. Source: The Cleveland Museum of Art
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