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The Schismatics and Sowers of Discord: Mahomet   1824-27
pen and watercolour over pencil (NGV 23)
Felton Bequest, 1920
National Gallery of Victoria

Inferno XXVIII, 19-42. The poets are in the ninth chasm of the eighth circle, that of the Sowers of Discord, whose punishment is to be mutilated. Mahomet shows his entrails to Dante and Virgil while on the left stands his son Ali, his head cleft from chin to forelock. A winged devil with a sword stands on the right. In the distance, behind Mahomet, can be seen Bertrand de Born carrying his head in his hand.

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