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The Serpent Charmer
  • Jean-Léon Gérôme, artist
    1824–1904
    born: Vesoul, France ; died: Paris, France
    Goupil and Co., printer
    D. Appleton & Company, publisher
    active 1831–1933
  • The Serpent Charmer, 1893
  • The Art of the World, Illustrated in the Paintings, Statuary, and Architecture of the World's Columbian Exposition
  • Where object was made: United States
  • photogravure
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 428.62 x 327.02 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 16 7/8 x 12 7/8 in
  • Transfer from Kenneth Spencer Research Library
  • Not on display
  • 1970.0050.03
Description
Exhibitions

Monochromatic image of figures in an interior. There is a young nude boy at center. He is seen from behind with his left arm raised and a snake wrapped around him. He is standing on a rectangular carpet with a basket to this left. There are men along a wall in the center wearing robes and turbans, some with rifles. There is an old man playing a flute to the right of the boy. The floor is stone and there are stone walls with decoration and Arabic writing.