Peter Clarke (1929 - )
The Paramount Chief

mixed media
50 x 35cm

The paramount chief has an air about him that distinguishes him
even from other nobles. He is revered by the masses even though he does not
mingle with the common people in the streets of the capital.
On Festival days all the members of his court dress up in ceremonial garb.
Then a procession forms & the Paramount chief is carried forth from his
palace. Being the descendant of an illustrious line of forebears, protocol
demands that unlike those of some ordinary person his feet never
touch the shoulders of attendants. During the course of the procession it is
the duty of an attendant to bear an ornate umbrella, creating shade
from the hot sun, over the chief.
Applause marks the progress of this noble person as he is borne through
the hordes of his subjects lining the streets of the city.

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