Jawbone of an Ass

Jawbone of an Ass screenprint is an example of Basquiat’s complex history paintings. This composition links Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, Hannibal and the Punic Wars along with literary tradition to Creole culture, and slavery. In his early paintings, royalty, heroism, and the streets are seen throughout his work – hence his signature, the “Crown”. Basquiat was especially sensitive to racial prejudice and social injustice.