This next piece is one of the more curious items in the Thrawn Collection. It is believed to be one of the only known examples of Mandalorian art. Christened “No Good to Me Dead” by our curator, the painting is a traditional oil on bantha canvas by an unknown artist sometime before the Clone Wars.
Note the prominent T-shaped visor common with all Mandalorian helmets of the time. The unusual color scheme implies this particular mercenary was quite the interesting character. Green, as those from Mandalore could tell you, implies this individual had a great sense of duty; to what or to whom is anyone’s guess.
However, the striking red strokes around the visor lead me to believe this unrelenting obligation had something to do with family as red is the Mandalorian signifier of honor towards one’s father. A rather touching element made all the more stark when one observes the gold treatments.
As this color is synonymous on Mandalore for vengeance, I can only assume the subject’s father fell in battle as a result of some foul play. No doubt this piece speaks of a long history of honor and betrayal, though whether or not this can be attributed to a sole warrior is up for debate.
I now direct your attention to the seemingly dismal gray backdrop. At first glance, a masterful contrast to the work’s dominant hues. But upon closer inspection, you’ll see the makeup of the pigment itself is composed of flecks of actual beskar iron; the traditional and nearly indestructible material of Mandalorian armor.
Whether or not this was intended by the artist, the piece now makes a fierce political statement; most likely commenting on the Galactic Empire’s monopolization of beskar ore from the planet Mandalore. Environmentalism and privatized bounty hunting romanticized in a single expression. Simply breathtaking.
Now if you’ll follow me to Hutt Wing, we have a marvelous collection of carbonite sculptures on display. I would only ask you please refrain from touching any of their control panels.