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Sketch of "Nephi in Laban’s Armor"
|Sketch of "Nephi in Laban’s Armor"
|Year of Publication
|Laban; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Zoram (Servant of Laban)
Graphite on Paper
8 1⁄2 x 5 1⁄2 in.
1 Nephi 4:19
Among the first works created by Friberg as he explored themes for his commission of twelve paintings, he depicts Nephi after he is commanded to kill the wicked Laban. According to the first book of Nephi:
Nephi proceeds to convince Zoram (Laban’s faithful servant) to recover the brass plates, which Laban refused to fairly exchange. And Zoram joins Nephi and his family as they journey towards the promised land.
Friberg makes the subtle but brilliant choice to have Nephi face the viewer as he turns his back to Zoram in order to not give away his real identity. Before this sketch, Friberg had done several sketches of both Nephi and Zoram, whose appearance is consistent throughout all his drawings and paintings.
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