In this fantasy commissioned by the redoubtable Mrs Weltsova we see her represented as a sultana in the courtyard of an oriental palace with lamps casting golden light onto a turquoise pool surrounded by marble arches and exotic foliage.
She is disciplining a slave from her harem – a hermaphrodite – beautifully wrapped in silks and satins, locked into position on the top of her cage. The sultana’s dusky accomplice chooses a whip and relishes the chance to impose a severe lashing on the slave’s tender flesh.
Mrs Weltsova herself is finely dressed as a ruthless sultana in deep saffron robe and simple but elegant head-dress.
But there are onlookers – a pampered cheetah gazes on from its own bed, and who is that in a beret sitting at the easel? Is it Sardax himself painting the scene?
Visit Mrs Weltsova’s own site to learn more about this extraordinary mistress.