The entrance he guards incorporates many of the architectural elements from the Mosque of Sultan Hassan in Cairo. These are intricately observed, from the carved medallion on the left found in other works by the artist, to the muqarna — or honeycomb stalactite-like arching - in the niche above the sentinel.
Indeed, the painting bears witness to Deutsch's rigorous and highly accomplished technique. Although little is known of the artist's working methods, only a magnifying glass would have allowed the rendering of such carefully observed detail. The chain mail in the helmet, the weapons, the staff, and the weave of the Uzbeki suzani rug hung as a curtain collectively reveal the impeccable detail that often characterises Deutsch's oeuvre.
However, it is also Deutsch’s skillful arrangement of colours and shapes, as well as his confident handling of bold colour contrasts, that give such authority to this statuesque single-figure composition. Here, he creates a fresh impact with his sonorous colour notes, especially through the juxtaposition of the complimentary colours green and red, in the form of the sentinel's head scarf and the suzani drape.
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