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Album of Persian Costumes and Animals with Some Drawings by Kaempfer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1974,0617,0.1.19

  • Title (series)

    • Album of Persian Costumes and Animals with Some Drawings by Kaempfer
  • Description

    Trainer watching a competition between two wrestlers; single-page painting on an album folio. To the left the wrestlers are entangled, bare chested, shaved heads, and shoeless, while the fully clothed trainer stands aside, holding a cloth in one arm. A purse hangs from the sash tied around his waist, while a large turban covers his head. Inscribed. Album contains 44 paintings and drawings, mostly of Persian costumes and animals with some drawings by Kaempfer.
    Ink and opaque watercolour on paper. Album is bound in brown leather with gold gilt decoration. Inside covers have marbled paper.

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1684-1685 (AH 1096)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 29.9 centimetres (sheet)
    • Height: 21.4 centimetres (sheet)
    • Height: 22.4 centimetres (Manuscript)
    • Width: 32 centimetres (Manuscript)
    • Thickness: 2.9 centimetres (Manuscript)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        above figures
      • Inscription Language

        Persian
  • Curator's comments

    See 1974,0617,0.1 .1-.45 for all folios included in this album.

    See 1974,0617,0.1.1-2 for spine and front matter inscriptions.

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2013 - 2014 27 Sep - 12 Jan, Zurich, Museum Rietberg, 'The Fascination of Persia' 1974,0617,0.1.12 and 1974,0617,0.1.13 displayed

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1974

  • Acquisition notes

    Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    1974,0617,0.1.19

  • Additional IDs

    • CXV.A (on fly leaf in pencil; Montagu House press-mark?)
    • Min.142 (98) (on fly leaf; old Sloane Library Numbers)
    • PLUT.CXIII.B (on spine of album; old BM library shelf-mark; ie. PLUT = Plutarch)
    • SL.2925 (obsolete BM Library number replaced by 5027.b)
    • SL.5027.b (on spine of album and fly leaf)
    • XXXIX.A (on fly leaf)
Album leaf; competition between two wrestlers with trainer watching.  To the left the wrestlers are entangled, bare chested, shaved heads, and shoeless, while the fully clothed trainer stands aside, holding a cloth in one arm.  A purse hangs from the sash tied around his waist, while a large turban covers his head.  Void background.  Inscriptions appear above both wrestlers and trainer.  Painted in opaque watercolour and ink on paper.

Album leaf; competition between two wrestlers with trainer watching. To the left the wrestlers are entangled, bare chested, shaved heads, and shoeless, while the fully clothed trainer stands aside, holding a cloth in one arm. A purse hangs from the sash tied around his waist, while a large turban covers his head. Void background. Inscriptions appear above both wrestlers and trainer. Painted in opaque watercolour and ink on paper.

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