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The Emperor

Hollar, Wenceslaus, 1794, Engraving
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The Emperor
The Emperor
The Emperor
The Emperor
Library Item
28465
The Emperor
The emperor administers justice between two men, one kneeling, and one on his right. The throne on which he sits and the sword he holds are both signs of imperial power. The shortened sword, or Cortana, could also be a symbol of mercy. On the floor before the throne are more trappings of status: the orb and sceptre. Beside these is Death's hourglass. Together these objects serve as a reminder that earthly power does not equate to immortality. The depiction of Death reinforces this point; the skeleton looms behind the emperor, ready to snatch his crown when his time is up.
1794
7.8 x 5.5 cm
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