- Previous 0/3981
Painting; two girls and a boy dance against a void background. Each figure is spaced equal distance apart, with arms extended. No text. Opaque watercolour on paper.
- Made in: Iran
- (Asia,Middle East,Iran)
- Width: 32 centimetres (image)
- Height: 21.6 centimetres (image)
The figures in this painting have been identified as two girls and a boy, the figure in the centre. The beardless boy, perhaps a eunuch, has shorter hair than the girls and a fur hat with a crown similar to some found in 18th-century paintings.
In 19th-century Iran, large-scale oil paintings on canvas and album paintings with no narrative content proliferated. Female dancers and musicians who in earlier eras would have been depicted performing for a prince and his retinue or family, now were shown alone.
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: RFM605
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.