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The Sun King XXXI

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  • Title (object)

    • The Sun King XXXI
  • Description

    Animation celluloid with drawn background. A character from Persian mythology, the White Div lies in the foregound with a pricess behind him. Mixed media.

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 35 centimetres
    • Length: 30 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The Sun King is loosely based on a tale from the Iranian epic poem Shahnameh. It follows a wealthy king who has everything a man could possibly want, except for love. One day, while exploring his palace, he discovers a painting of a beautiful woman with a blue rose, and becomes smitten. The film follows his journey in search of her, including an encounter with the demon known as the White Div.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2016-17 26 Nov – 2 Apr, London, BM, G34, Iranian Voices

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  • Department

    Middle East

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