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book-cover

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    1921,0614,0.5

  • Description

    Book cover with painted illustrations on both sides. Outside illustration depicts a nighttime scene in a Zenana, or harem. A man is shown embracing a woman on a cushion surrounded by attendants, musicians and dancers. Trays laden with serving ware and various fruits and candles appear throughout the scene on the carpets. An ornate floral band with a background in green and borders in black and gold frames the image. Inside illustration also depicts a scene in a Zenana, but in daytime. The scene is framed by concentric bands in black and red with gold. Book cover lacquered on board (?) or papier mâché (?).

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    • 19thC (early)
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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1921

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    1921,0614,0.5

Book cover. Court. Musicians and dancers. On lacquer.

Book cover. Court. Musicians and dancers. On lacquer.

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