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    Painting. A waltzing couple. Painted in gouache and gilded on paper.

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    • 1560-1570 (from curator's comment)
    • 1565 (circa)
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    • Height: 12.7 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 9 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 22 centimetres (page)
    • Width: 15.2 centimetres (page)
  • Curator's comments

    Style of Abd Allah
    Bukhara, about 1560-70
    Opaque watercolour on paper

    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.


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    • Canby 1993 p.87, fig. 57 bibliographic details
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    30 April 2008

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    Treatment details

    Mount - Overthrow - R

    Inlay - Slot

    Object slot inlaid into Japanese paper using Japanese paper hinges and Culminal (non ionic cellulose ether) mounted into a 6 ply Royal mount using 100% Heritage cotton museum board and hinged with Japanese paper and Culminal.

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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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