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Mansa Musa, King of Mali by suburbanbeatnik Mansa Musa, King of Mali by suburbanbeatnik
Here's another major piece I did for for McGraw Hill's "Timelinks" project. It depicts Mansa Musa, the immensely rich 14th century King of Mali, flanked by a couple of spear-carriers and with two supplicants kneeling in front of him.

If you know about west Africa, there's a number of problems with this image (for example, there is no royal umbrella). However, I had a written description of Musa's appearance and I tried to adhere to it, more or less, but I didn't have that much time to do research. I still like how it turned out though.

This image is (C) McGraw Hill Glencoe.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the king's confident expression, but I think it's not very clear that the two men in the foreground are kneeling.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it's pretty clear they're kneeling.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I didn't want to sound polemic, just to express my first impression when I saw it. Looking the reduced version in the thumbnail makes clearer that the two are kneeling, but when I looked at it with the full view, the impression shifts to something more dubious. They keep their shoulders straight, as if they were yes on their knee, but not bowing in a proskinesis in front of their soverein. It is evident that the man on the left has his leg folded, but it could be also be interpreted af if he was holding his dress with his hand. It seems uncertain where the legs of the man on the right are. You clearly showed the perspective placing the king's foot on the little sofa, but according to that perspective, in my opinion also the legs of the man on the right should be visible. In fact, I believe the best thing would have been to show their legs touching the floor, to suggest not only their position, but also their humbleness in respect to the king.
Please accept this as my impression on the matter and nothing more than that :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, the client approved it, so that's all that matters. :)
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Luscus Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
I'd like to see the whole of this "Timelinks" project. Is it something to do with a textbook? Because I wish it had been around when I was growing up!

I love the costume details.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
They're readers, I believe- you can find out more about them here. [link]

Thanks, I'm glad you like!
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a-bateman Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
I am always amazed by the amount of intricacy in your art. This is really great, and I love that you always include a back story about the pieces :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you find my informative blurb interesting. :D
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CrazyIdea-Inc Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Wow that's great! We totally studied him this year, just for a bit. And how he spent SO much gold in Cairo, that it made the value go way down and how it took 12+ years for it to go down to the original value! Great job!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so cool you've read about him. I'm glad you like! What do you think of the costume, and my depiction of him?
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CrazyIdea-Inc Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
I think that it is very much like the picture in the book. Haha, it's very good! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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