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Matador painting

A painting of a matador

Matador was the Spanish word for "killer"; it was used for naming the bullfighter ("torero") who actually killed the bull.

A painting of a matador was one of the items auctioned off at Quark's in late 2373. According to Quark, this painting was a rare example of a 20th century Human art form and painted with acrylic on black velvet. This image was the inspiration for the flag of the first Martian colonies. Morn was the highest bidder and purchased the painting. (DS9: "In the Cards")

In 2374, the painting was one of the few items to be found in Morn's spartan quarters. An unhappy Nahsk later smashed the painting over Quark's head, thereby destroying it. When Quark lifted the painting off his shoulders, he found a hidden isolinear rod in the fabric, hidden there by Morn. (DS9: "Who Mourns for Morn?")

Upon observation, one might notice the painting did not look the same in both episodes. This is because when the painting was first used, it was actually rented from a prop company. When the story called for it to be destroyed in it's next appearance, the art department recreated several copies of the painting, scoring them so they would rip exactly where planned as it did in the episode. This story is recounted in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion.
The painting also appeared in the movie Ernest Goes to Jail.

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