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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1986,0625,0.1.4

  • Description

    Page from an album of watercolour paintings; painting on recto of the Silahdar Aga, swordbearer to the Sultan, and verso blank. Figure wears a high hat with a wide gold band and high red crown with red cloth trailing behind. He has a curling sideburns. His long crimson robe is drawn at the waist with a yellow sash and covered with a sleeveless white ankle-length cloak lined with yellow. He wears heelless yellow shoes and no leggings. He stands on a strip of light green ground and the shadow is cast to the right.
    See 1986,0625,0.1 for description of album.

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  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 14.7 centimetres (Manuscript)
    • Width: 10 centimetres (Manuscript)
    • Thickness: 3.2 centimetres (Manuscript)
    • Height: 14.7 centimetres (Folio)
    • Width: 9.8 centimetres (Folio)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Latin
      • Inscription Position

        upper right
      • Inscription Language

        French
      • Inscription Content

        Solitaire Aga/il demeure dordin [dedans]/a la chambre du/grand Segneur et/porte son espee av [au]/devant de lvy [lui]
      • Inscription Translation

        Silahdar Aga/he live inside/in the chamber of the/ Sultan and/ carries his sword before him.
      • Inscription Comment

        Each line of the inscription is separated by a band of gold vine scroll on black and an ornament of red dots and lines is at the upper left and lower left corners.
  • Curator's comments

    The album consists of depictions of buildings, figures and exotic animals in Istanbul; including scenes of punishment. Several pages inscribed. Many pages marbled, others bearing imprint of missing leaves with découpage (?). Although register says 'stencils', the lack of sharpness, suggestion of oil around the flowers and stalks, and identical design on recto and verso suggest that these pages are offsets, not stencils. Leather binding with sunk, gilded, stamped and tooled decoration. Red leather binding with Chinese cloud bands and decoration in gold and black. Cover design has cloud corners and ogival medallion at centre, flanked above and below by escutcheons. Many pages were removed prior to acquisition.

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  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1986

  • Acquisition notes

    funds from Central Reserve

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    1986,0625,0.1.4

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