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A Jewish Lady

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • A Jewish Lady
  • Description

    Painting, removed from an album. Portrait of a Jewish lady from the Zanannameh (Book of Women) of Fazil Enderuni. The lady stands, facing the viewer, dressed in 18th century French fashion. Two columns containing four lines of text, and one title, appear directly under the portrait. Opaque watercolour and ink on paper.


  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1790 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 14 centimetres (sheet)
    • Height: 25 centimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 7 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 18 centimetres (image)
  • Curator's comments

    In this 18th century illustrated text women of different ethnic and social groups are discussed. the decollete neckline of this woman's dress reflects the influence of French 18th century fashion.

    The aim of manuscripts such as the Zanan-nameh and their illustrations was to provide a poetic and visual description of different types of people. Even if this is not a portrait of a specific woman, her clothes would have identified her as a Jewish woman.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Zanannama of Fazl Enderuni
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Miniature. General subject - portrait. A Jewish lady,from the Zánannáma of Fa?l Husayri. On paper.

Miniature. General subject - portrait. A Jewish lady,from the Zánannáma of Fa?l Husayri. On paper.

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