The piece is lit by a common lamp from the left… too dull a morning for natural light, so, sorry ’bout that. I’m slowly developing two figures within the frame by eradicating any white unpainted surface still evident. No idea yet exactly what I’m dealing with here, but I’m ‘seeing’ a battle scene, possibly between samurai (as the head dressing on both seem very complicated).
Also, there is a distinct comparison to be made with Max Ernst’s ‘The Barbarians’: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1999.363.21
The figure on the left:
The figure on the right:
Close inspection will reveal a few gold and silver points placed within the bodies for reference as they are isolated from the background.