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Art Show: 1001 Nights: The Stories Of Scheherazade

The Genie of the Lamp

by Mark Satchwill

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Art: The Genie of the Lamp by Artist Mark Satchwill
This was painted for the EBSQ "1001 Nights: Stories of Scheherazade" Show. It shows the genie of the lamp from the Aladdin story. Aladdin is tricked by a man he believes is his uncle but who is really a wicked magician, to enter a cave to retrieve a lamp for him. Aladdin is shut in the cave by the magician when he refuses to hand over the lamp but he escapes by using a magic ring the magician had given him. The genie of the lamp appears when his mother cleans the lamp and Aladdin uses the genie to gain himself riches and a beautiful palace and he marries the Emperors daughter. However, the magician returns and tricks the princess into giving him the lamp. He then gets the genie to transport the princess and the palace to his own country. Aladdin is able to use the genie of the magic ring to follow him and he and his wife trick the magician and poison him. They return to their own land with their palace and live happily ever after. I was originally going to do Sinbad to decided to do the genie instead and gave him a "what do you want now?" look! Interestingly (as I found out after I had painted the paicture) Aladdin, Sinbad and Ali Baba , though original Arabic folk tales, were not in the original Arabic texts of the 1001 Nights, but were added later by Western translators (partly one suspects to add some stories that could be adappted for children - did you read the one about the woman and the ape?? Disgusting!!).

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