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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Lovers. Single-page painting mounted on a detached album folio. Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1565 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 12.7 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 9 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 22 centimetres (page)
    • Width: 15.2 centimetres (page)
  • Curator's comments

    Painting such as this often accompanied poetry but did not actually illustrate specific narrative passages. By the mid 16th century the profile of the figures in Bukhara painting had become more bulky than in the second quarter of the century, when the school of Bukhara originated.

  • Bibliography

    • Canby 1999 fig.168 bibliographic details
    • Canby 1993 p.87, fig. 57 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G34

  • Exhibition history


    2016 21 May-21 November, London, BM, 'Courting to contract: love and marriage in Iran'

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Painting. General subject - portrait, figure. A waltzing couple. Painted in gouache and gilded on paper.

Painting. General subject - portrait, figure. A waltzing couple. Painted in gouache and gilded on paper.

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