Adel El-Siwi (Egyptian, b. 1952)
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Adel El-Siwi (Egyptian, b. 1952)

Qammar Azzaman

Adel El-Siwi (Egyptian, b. 1952)
Qammar Azzaman
signed and dated 'SIWI 2011-2012' (along the lower right edge)
acrylic and gold leaf on panel
67 x 78in. (170 x 200cm.)
Executed in 2011-2012
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Please note that the correct medium for this work is acrylic and gold leaf on panel and the correct title should read Qammar Azzaman, and not as stated in the printed catalogue.

Lot Essay

Qqmmar Azzaman is the Arabic name for 'the moon of all times' and signifies absolute beauty. There are many different origins to this name and various old stories that mention Qqmmar Azzaman as the most handsome Prince of all times. Most of these are mainly derived from the book of tales One thousand and one nights. The common trait between all stories is that Qqmmar Azzaman is the son of an old king who did not have children, but at a very late age, God graced him with the most amazing prince, known for his ultimate beauty. As he was born in a night of full moon, the King named him after the perfection of the moon he saw in the landscape of Eastern cool nights. The King taught him all arts of life, literature and science, but the prince had also an inner beauty of the soul; he was admired and loved by everyone.

Qqmmar Azzaman here embodies the Eastern values of sensibility, gentility and kindness and the figure acts as a powerful and virtuous hero.

The present painting reveals harmony and balance between the royal embellished green covering the background and the red vibrant colour on the collar on the Prince's shirt. The golden helmet blending with the copper color on his head foreshadows a potential transition, when the prince will become the next crowned King.

The painting conjures up the Oriental heritage, but it primarily seeks a connection to the human dream of a non-existing imaginary person, where gentle power with no brutality exists, a power that the human imagination manifests in all the tales of the Prince.

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