The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian Par Avion By Air Mail Art

Material Information

The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian Par Avion By Air Mail Art
Series Title:
Hassan Musa Mail Art Collection
Alternate Title:
Martyre de Saint Sébastien par avion
Musa, Hassan, b.1951, contemporary visual artist
Musa, Hassan ( contributor )
Court, Elsbeth
Publication Date:
brown paper envelope ( medium )
16 cm x 23 cm


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Collection name: Hassan Musa Mail Art Collection
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Reference: MS 381333/26
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Acquisition: The donation was made to SOAS Library in June 2018 by Elsbeth Court, an academic who teaches African Art on the IFCELS course at SOAS, with the support and agreement of the artist Hassan Musa.
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Mail Art. This parody of Mantegna's St Sebastian (c.1460) is a drawing of a man with a stamp head of Marianne layered on a playing card showing clubs; instead of arrows, he is being persecuted by pointed fingers. The historical reference is to the martyrdom of Sebastian, a soldier in the Roman army, who because of his conversion to Christianity suffered a double death; he survived the arrows and then was clubbed to death. Musa frequently uses this story as a metaphor to convey suffering and bad luck (H-U Khan. Modernities & Memories Recent Works from the Islamic World. Exhibition catalogue, Venice Biennale, 1997, pp 46-47).
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VIAF (name authority) : Musa, Hassan : URI
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VIAF (name authority) : Elsbeth Court : URI
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Extent: 1 item
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Medium: work of art

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
Copyright in the artwork of Hassan Musa assigned to SOAS by the artist, 2018. Copyrights persist in other images and texts. The user is advised to investigate copyrights before making any re-use of this material.
Resource Identifier:
MS 381333 ( Order with )