My understanding is that this artwork came first and was soon replaced with the “Sambo as a baby genie” motif.
This motif has been a classic of anti-modernism for two centuries in Europe.
In this "Confession" Tolstoy emphatically strikes the keynote which is the motif of all his didactic writings.
It complimentarily introduces a hint or two of Wagner's Grail motif.
He was in the humour; he was charmed with his motif and deeply interested in his problem.
I thought that you of all people could work out that motif adequately.
It is all based on the motif of the Wagner drama and of the Liszt symphonies, and it is carried to quite as fine a point.
We have then to allow for the growth of a mythology with the twelve signs as its motif.
And that's just the prelude, but it introduces the motif which runs through the entire composition.
Boudins characteristic was not of colour alone, but of motif as well.
In literature, art, or music, a recurring set of words, shapes, colors, or notes. In the poem “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe, for example, the word nevermore is a motif appearing at the end of each stanza. Likewise, the first four notes of the Fifth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven are a motif that is developed and reshaped throughout the work.