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The masquerades

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • The masquerades
  • Description

    A man with a turban leading a woman wearing a headdress made of peacock feathers and holding a fan; behind them stands a torch-bearer

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1595-1596
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 240 millimetres
    • Width: 170 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below left "DGeÿn.Inuen. et excu,". Numbered in lower left corner "6".
  • Curator's comments

    For comment see 1878,0713.2625.

  • Bibliography

    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 165 (The De Gheyn family) bibliographic details
  • Location

    D+F Post-binder Large

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


A man with a turban leading a woman wearing peacock feathers, behind them a torch-bearer

A man with a turban leading a woman wearing peacock feathers, behind them a torch-bearer Engraving

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