Believe it or not, this entire scene began as a simple practice sketch of female back anatomy. But then I had to give the character clothes and a background. I drew my inspiration from the Biblical myth of the Queen of Sheba visiting King Solomon in Jerusalem, as well as the former identification of Sheba with the Great Zimbabwe civilization. Realistically speaking, Sheba was more likely located somewhere in southern Arabia rather than Zimbabwe, but I felt a Queen of Sheba from Zimbabwe would present a stronger cultural contrast with the Middle Eastern setting of Jerusalem than one from Arabia.
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