Badoura by Elyse Ashe Lord

Badoura by Elyse Ashe Lord

Badoura

Elyse Ashe Lord

Title

Badoura

 
Artist
Year
c. 1930  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
5 3/4 x 6 1/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
titled 
Reference
 
Paper
soft laid paper 
State
proof 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
4211 
Price
$250.00 
Description

Lord was deeply fascinated by the tales that came out of the Far East and she often portrayed her interpretations of characters from these tales in a studied fashion. Interestingly, while “Badoura” is likely Badr ul-Badour, the princess with whom the main character falls in love with in The Story of Aladdin, that famous tale was not from any original Arabic text. It was in fact written in the manner of the stories from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights in the 18th century by Frenchman Antoine Galland, in an interpretation of a story told by Hanna Diyab.

Either way, Lord’s Badoura is beautiful, and beautifully adorned, fully inhabiting the Arabic translation of her name:“the full moon of moon,” a metaphor for female beauty in Arabic literature.

 
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