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Men loading bales onto a camel; single-page drawing on a detached album folio. Depiction of three men loading a heavy bag of grain onto a camel. The men compose a triangular formation around the bag of grain, each looking at the other, revealing a certain connection or complexity to their relationship. The men are dressed with long robes tucked into their sashes, revealing their high boots underneath. Void background. No text.
Ink and opaque watercolour on paper.
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Height: 10.80 centimetres (image)
Height: 15.30 centimetres (sheet)
Width: 13.30 centimetres (image)
Width: 17.90 centimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- Three men loading a camel
Isfahan, about 1610
On one level this drawing chronicles a daily event in the large trading centres of Iran, the loading of heavy bags of grain onto a couched camel. The intense glance of the man at the left towards the man at the back hints however at a more complex relationship. The suggestion of philosophical or emotional content beyond the immediate event portrayed characterizes many of the best drawings of the early 17th century. (previous label text)
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- Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).
- Middle East
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