Draping oriental carpets over the thrones places the realm of kingdoms under scrutiny within the Middle East. Though the majority of works are comprised of the same elaborately motifed carpet with only minor color differences, one work stands dramatically on its own. A bold red, simply designed carpet ascended by a worn-out soldier’s boot covers this throne. Entitled, The King, the viewer may simply interpret this boot-capped throne as any government which controls its people through military dominance. Yet the extreme variation in the composition of this carpet with its rich red field may also symbolize the present bloodshed of the many people and countries engaged in the ‘Arab Spring’, a revolution which sees the people taking up arms against the rulers who have occupied positions of power for too long. Perhaps most poignant and relevant with the present pressures and upheavals of the region is the aptly titled work, The Empty Throne, depicting an abdicated throne.
The other articles occupying the position of power are a butternut squash, an aubergine, a propane tank, a skull, a baby doll, a loaf of bread, and a plucked chicken carcass. The imaginative commentary abounds of leaders whose priorities are driven by oil, countries led by incapable, infantile heads of state, and those who are exposed and lacking courage, with policies indigestible by their constituencies. ‘The Throne’ is an exceptional example of the degree of artistic realism still prevalent in contemporary art, as well as a biting satire of the present-day political ambitions and policies of world leaders.

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  • Title: King of the World
  • Creator: Othman Moussa
  • Date Created: 2011
  • Location Created: Syria
  • Physical Dimensions: 150x180 cm
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Depicted Topic: Figure, Political, Oil Painting, Canvas, Oil on Canvas, Baby, Throne, Toy, Doll, King, President, Middle East, Classic, Painting
  • Artist nationality: Syrian