The Caliph’s Golden Bird1908 by Ivar Arosenius
The exotic features in this painting evoke the fairy-tale atmosphere of the Arabian Nights. It is one of many sketches and proposals prepared by Arosenius in 1908 for a fairy-tale series without text entitled Kalifens guldfågel (The Caliph’s Golden Bird). The story tells of the caliph’s goose, famous for laying golden eggs, which escapes from its golden cage but is caught by a poor peasant boy on whom fortune is smiling. In the end, the boy is granted the hand of the princess and half the kingdom by the grateful caliph.
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