(9th century BCE)
The Most Maligned Woman in the Bible
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Jezebel is here quite done-up, with loads of jewelry, makeup, and henna tattoos on her hands (as she likely would have done). She’s wearing a lot of purple, which would have come from a dye her homeland was known for producing. At her side is a peacock, an animal generally associated with haughtiness and splendor. Seemed to fit.
She is rolling her eyes at Elisha, who has come with three hungry dogs to point fingers at her. In the background, a crowd of people have gathered to watch — and two happy bears are juggling children, a reference to Elisha’s mystical bear powers.
Farther back, on the hillside overlooking a town, are the vineyards of Naboth. In the very far background, erupting from the hills is a column of fire, a callback to the Elijah fire-setting showdown.
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