'And the King said, Divide the living child in two', mid-late 19th century. Creator
'And the King said, Divide the living child in two', mid-late 19th century. Biblical scene, from 1 Kings 3: 25: 'And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.' Story also known as The Judgement of Solomon: King Solomon is asked to make a decision when two women both claim to be the mother of a baby. 'Then the woman whose son was alive spoke to the king because she yearned with compassion for her son. "Please, my lord", she said, "give her the living baby. Do not kill him!" But the other woman said, "He will not be mine or yours. Cut him in two!"'. Engraving.
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Cylinder seal of the water-god Ea with streams flowing from his body
Cylinder seal of the water-god Ea with streams flowing from his body. It illustrates the myth in which the bird-man Zu is led before his judge Ea, for his attempt to usurp the authority of the supreme Enlil by stealing the "tablet of destiny" upon which was insribed the fates of all gods and man. The god of agriculture, identified by the plough over his shoulder, represents the deities of vegetation injured byt the theft. Country of Origin: Mesopotamia. Culture: Akkadian Period:2340-2180 BC Material: Mottled green and black seprentine. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ British Museum, London
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Saint Louis punishing Enguerrand IV of Coucy, 1882-1884. Artist: A Gusman
Saint Louis punishing Enguerrand IV of Coucy, 1256 (1882-1884). In 1256, King Louis IX of France had Enguerrand IV, Lord of Coucy, arrested and brought to Paris after he hanged without trial three young men who he had accused of poaching in his forests. Enguerrand demanded to be judged by his peers and trial by combat. The king, believing such a means of trying a case to be obsolete, refused. Enguerrand was tried, found guilty and ordered to pay a fine of 12, 000 livres. After a painting by Olivier Merson. A print from La France et les Francais a Travers les Siecles, Volume I, F Roy editor, Saint-Antoine, 1882-1884.
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