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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    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.

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC(Early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 32 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 21.6 centimetres (image)
  • Curator's comments

    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.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Painting. General subject - recreation, figure. A dancing boy and 2 girls. On paper.

Painting. General subject - recreation, figure. A dancing boy and 2 girls. On paper.

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