Teancum Kills the King

by Leavitt, Claire

Dated 2023

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Teancum Kills the King

by Leavitt, Claire

Artist Information

Name: Leavitt, Claire

Location(s): United States

Gender: Female


Technique & Style

Abstract, Mixed media


Indistinguishable, Teancum


spear, weapon

Additional Info


Molecular biology major, BYU. Artist statement: "In this image Teancum is represented by the blue and black figure. He stands prominently in the middle, showing his decision to take the life of the king to preserve all the people in the lower half of the image. The King is represented by purple and black, the black symbolizes the evils of war and death and the purple represents his kingship. Sticking out of the King is Teancum’s javelin. The lower half of the work is awash in black because the war would have dragged on killing many of the children of Lehi. This is mixed media, using both soft pastels and pencil. The soft pastels comprise most of the picture and מוות which means death in hebrew is written. I picked this medium because it blends easily, which is reflective of the effects war would have on generations to come. Additionally, pencil is used to write english words, because pencil doesn't smudge as easily and represents the record the ancient Nephites record left for us. Through these records we have the information to make decisions like Teancum that will affect our progeny. Thank you for your time."

Exhibition History:
  • Submitted to the 2023 BYU Book of Mormon Art Contest.

Church Name

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints