This black and white print shows an outdoor setting with two men, one reclining and facing the viewer, the other seated with his legs drawn into his chest and gazing out to the right. They are dressed in robes and wear Arabic headdresses ("Guhtra"). There are rifles at their sides. In the background on the right are two men, one riding a horse, who walk toward a group of buildings in the distance. There is a French inscription below this scene that identifies the artist, title and publisher of the print.
Delacroix's visit to Algeria and Morocco in 1832 gave him direct experience with the exotic land and culture of North Africa. This scene depicting two hunters from the Algerian city of Oran shows both the dignified mien of the men as well as the accurately portrayed details of dress and weapons.
A group of figures and pigeons lounge around the base of a column, which is unfinished in the upper portion of the plate. In the distance are a number of buildings of different styles that form a square where there are more people--and pigeons.
Even in depicting the famous cathedral of St. Mark's with its grand piazza, Whistler provides an oblique view (in reverse) of this most famous Venetian public space. At the far end is visible the clocktower, the Torre dell'Orologio, while the facade and domes of the cathedral are nearly rendered unrecognizable by the obscuring placement of the column.
This is one of a pair of Javanese bells. A talon-like vajra sits atop the bronze handle. Lotus petals decorate the base, and the faces encircling the the bell above them depict Prajnaparamita, the bodhisattva aspect of “Perfection of Wisdom.”
The vajra is a Buddhist symbol representing a thunderbolt and the diamond. The thunderbolt is meant to recall the lightning strike experience of enlightenment the historical Buddha experienced while meditating under a bodhi tree, while the diamond indicates indestructibility.
Combined with a bell, symbolic of the womb, the vajra bell signifies the indestructible rooting out of ignorance. The bell, with its hollow form, symbolizes wisdom acknowledging emptiness, while the clapper vocalizes the very sound of emptiness.
Some Buddhist deities are depicted holding vajra in one hand and bell in the other, indicating a union of the forces of compassion (vajra) and wisdom (bell), as well as male and female. The five prongs of the vajra remind the practitioner of the five wisdoms: wisdom of individuality, mirror-like wisdom, reality wisdom, wisdom of equanimity, and all-accomplishing wisdom.