Pearl fishermen and a Sanbaq Dhow
Sanbaq dhow about to anchor.
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Exhibited at the European Parliament, May 2011
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This beautiful tranquil marine painting the “Pearl fishermen working with a Sanbaq Dhow” shows men and dhow engaged in an ancient trade.
In our scene this dhow is about to luff up and anchor.
Sailing Dhows have a colourful, adventurous and often fearsome history stretching back some 2 thousand years…
These ‘Sanbaq’ dhows, vessels build by a method of ancient construction, planks sewn together just as ships found in tombs of Pharaohs’ were, have seen more adventures than there are in Arabian Nights and are still used by Somali Pirates!
Think “Sinbad the sailor” and you are on the right track in more senses than one.
was produced while Gordon was researching dhows following a commission from the office of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman.
Dhows are a fascinating subject.
Dhow being a generic name for a variety of sailing craft most often associated with Arab sea men.
Dhows could be found and in many cases still can be found throughout the Arabian and Persian seas, Indian Ocean and East African coasts.
This marine painting started life as one of a pair, a commission for the Royal collection of the Government of Oman who bought the other and are unaware of this second similar painting which sat unfinished in the studio until very recently.
Thus this is your chance to own a painting directly comparable to one in a royal collection !
It was displayed for the first time in public at the invited Exhibition “Life on the Ocean Wave” of The Marine Art of Gordon Frickers at the European Parliament, Brussels.
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