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The Destruction of Pharaoh
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The Destruction of Pharaoh

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Description The scene is painted in the deep well of the dish. In the foreground the Israelites rest after the passage of the Red Sea. One sees vases and bundles on the flower-strewn grass. Seated at the left is Moses, surrounded by Aaron, Miriam and Josue. He holds his rod in his left hand and gestures with his right toward the claret-colored sea, where the waves overwhelm Pharaoh in his chariot and the Egyptian host. In the distance, parting waters still permit the rear-guard of the Israelites to hasten to the shore, while at the left, the head of the column- camels, turbaned men carrying bundles, women bearing packages on their heads or in one case, a cradle- is making progress on safe land. Shafts of light illuminate the sky and two birds hover above the last Israelites.
Provenance Jacques Seligmann, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1928, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] on a tablet along the edge of the well on the lower right: SUSANNE DE COVR
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1928

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late 16th-early 17th century
painted opaque and translucent enamels on copper
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W: 15 3/16 x L: 20 3/8 in. (38.6 x 51.7 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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