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    Watercolour painting on paper of a standing woman. The woman wears a long white tunic or dress and a large golden shawl. She has jewellery around her neck and at her ears and nose. On her feet are shoes with up-turned toes. She stands in a courtyard surrounded by walls and with a building behind her. A half open door is also shown with a fabric cover. The floor of the courtyard is decorated with a pink, blue and green geometric pattern. The painting is surrounded by a thick black line.


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    • 19thC(early)
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    • Height: 21.4 centimetres
    • Width: 18 centimetres
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        reverse of painting
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      • Inscription Content

        Saheion Women
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Painting. Portrait. Woman dressed in white, with large shawl standing outside house, with caption. Water-colour on paper.


Painting. Portrait. Woman dressed in white, with large shawl standing outside house, with caption. Water-colour on paper. Inscribed.

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