SOLD WITHOUT MAT OR FRAME. This etching used two zinc plates placed on the Press table to form one image. Each plate size is six inches high by four inches wide15.240cm by 10.160cm , and the overall printed image measures by twelve inches high by four inches wide 30.480cm by 10.160cm. The unframed etching size, or paper size, is seventeen inches high by 10 inches wide, 43.180cm by 25.400cm. The artist employed the studio techniques of intaglio, aquatint, and Chine collé, and the media included oil base etching ink on Rives BFK white paper. A mulberry bark paper from Thailand, infused with Japanese kozo threads and treated with methyl cellulose, was used in the Chine collé process, which translates from the French as Chinese Pasting. The artist photographed this artifact in 1973 while visiting the University of Pennsylvania’s collection archives with Art Historian, David Crownover. The etching shows a visual detail of a Lyre with Bearded Bull s Head and Inlaid Panel found by archaeologists at the Royal Cemetery, Ur, Early Dynastic III, 2550-2450 BC, which was discovered in the tomb of Queen Puabi of UrMuqaiyir, Iraq. The bearded man in the top register stands in twisted perspective between two human headed bulls. Other images include a donkey playing the harp, which is stabilized by a bear as a fox plays the rattle. A Hyena poses as a butcher carrying his meats on a table followed by a lion with jar and vessel. A half-scorpion man, half-man is also pictured. This is a character from the literary epic, Gilgamesh, The Flood Story from Ancient Babylon.
The work was hand printed and published by the artist at The Center for Works on Paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please note that this etching is shipped to the collector without a frame or mat. This keeps the price low and affords the collector a choice in framing. A sturdy cardboard box is employed for shipping the work. The etching is first wrapped in two layers of acid free glassine-tissue and then placed between two archival boards. This is next placed into the shipping carton and securely packed with bubble wrap. The ABSOLUTE ARTS DOT COM price includes all handling costs and shipment supplies. Transportation costs are extra.