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On orders from the Persian king, the modest Mordecai is led on horseback through the streets of Susa by the disgraced official Haman. Though an incident out of the biblical past, Rembrandt treated such subjects as vitally human, almost contemporary events even including himself and his wife watching the procession from a balcony.
Etching, being more like drawing than the mechanics of engraving, was embraced by 17th-century painters such as Rembrandt as a complementary art, independent from their paintings.
Purchased with money from the Mrs. Nicholas H. Noyes Fund for the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1956.