- Persian Costumes
Portrait of a young woman; single-page painting mounted on album folio. A young woman kneels on a blue and white carpet beneath a small loom or textile stretcher. On it is a piece of cloth, half of which is decorated in a floral arabesque. The other half is plain white and a pair of scissors, some pink threads and a needle with brown thread rest on it. The girl wears a red and white striped veil, wrapped across her chest like a shawl, a green jacket with sleeves rolled up, and a bright pink skirt. Her hands are hennaed. A basket, a pear and a satchel rest on the carpet in the foreground. Album contains 19 paintings of Persian costumes.
Ink and opaque watercolour on paper. Album bound in green leather with gold gilt trim, with pages of gold trim. Includes loose letter (in French) on thin blue paper describing contents and addressed to recipient.
- 1842 (date of European binding)
- Made in: Iran
- (Asia,Middle East,Iran)
- Height: 18.3 centimetres (image (av.))
- Width: 11.8 centimetres (image (av.))
- Height: 25.6 centimetres (page)
- Width: 18.4 centimetres (page)
- Height: 26.5 centimetres (manuscript)
- Width: 20 centimetres (manuscript)
- Thickness: 1.1 centimetres (manuscript)
Inscription PositionAlbum spine
Inscription ContentPersian Costumes, 1842
Nineteenth-century European travelers to Iran collected pictures of local people engaged in typical pursuits and occupations. The santur is played by striking the strings with wooden hammers called mezrabs. It is an instrument of great antiquity and was introduced from the Middle East to Europe by the Crusaders.
While many of hte 19 paintings in this album depict public figures or dancing girls, this paintings sheds light on one type of textile manufacture. The girl embroiders a small peice of cloth mounted on a stretcher with her threaded needles and scissors to hand.See 1921,0614,0.1 .1-.19 for all folios included in this album.
Painting, portrait mounted in an album of Persian costumes. A young woman kneels on a blue and white carpet beneath a small loom or textile stretcher. On it is a piece of cloth, half of which is decorated in a floral arabesque which she has presumably embroidered. The other half is plain white and a pair of scissors, some pink threads and a needle with brown thread rest on it. The girl wears a red and white striped veil, wrapped across her chest like a shawl, a green jacket with sleeves rolled up, and a bright pink skirt. Her hands are hennaed. A basket, a pear, and a wallet rest on the carpet in the foreground. Ink and opaque watercolour on paper. See 1921,0614,0.1 for description of album.
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Object reference number: RFM1718
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