Self Portrait as an Oriental Potentate with a Kris
etching, 124x102mm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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Rembrandt portrays himself as a oriental potentate. The ruler wears a cloak with an ermine collar, signifying his status and power. The beret shows up in a number of self portraits. As in other works, Rembrandt makes himself the model and dons exotic apparel. A kris is an Indonesian sword but this one is unusual because there is only a wavy blade on one side. Rembrandt used a kris in other works. In his large painting The Blinding of Samson, Samson's eye is pierced with a kris.

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