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painting / album

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  • Museum number


  • Description

    Page from an album of watercolour paintings; painting on recto of the Kapici, palace doorkeeper, and verso blank. Figure wears a high hat with a wide gold band and high white crown with white cloth trailing behind. He has a full, brown beard. His long green robe is drawn at the waist with a white sash and covered with a sleeveless red ankle-length cloak. He wears yellow shoes with pointed toes and carries a yellow staff. He stands on a strip of grey ground and the shadow is cast to the right.
    See 1986,0625,0.1 for description of album.


  • 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 Script

      • Inscription Position

        upper right
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        Capigi/ce sont les portiers dv [du]/sarail du grand seigneur/au nombre de mil
      • Inscription Translation

        Kapici/these are the porters of the/ saray of the Sultan/numbering one thousand.
  • 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.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    funds from Central Reserve

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


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