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Title: The Golden Calf
Artist: Gaun Alexander
Size: 24x18x5.5
Size (inches): 9.5x7x2.25
Price : $1150 SOLD!


This impressive biblical scene was painted by Mstera Master Alexander Gaun. The artist has already created a series of works based on various biblical subjects such as "Flood", "Exodus", "Gogotha", "Judas Treachery", and this piece continues this list of religious themes.
According to the Hebrew Bible, the golden calf was an idol (a cult image) made by Aaron to satisfy the Israelites during Moses' absence, when he went up to Mount Sinai. The calf was intended to be a physical representation of the God of Israel, and therefore was doubly wrong for involving Israel in idolatry and for ascribing physicality to God.
In Hebrew, the incident is known as "The Sin of the Calf". It is first mentioned in Exodus 32:4
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box while red lacquer completes the interior of the work. The scene is framed with a gold line while the box's sides are decorated with golden ornament. The lid is hinged from the top of the scene, and the box rests on four legs. The work is signed with the artist's name, name of the work-"The Golden Calf" and Mstera.

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