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A QAJAR DANCING GIRL
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A QAJAR DANCING GIRL

IRAN, CIRCA 1840

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A QAJAR DANCING GIRL
IRAN, CIRCA 1840
Oil on canvas, arched format, the slender girl in long dress and with sash tied at waist and bells on her sleeves dances on a carpet, with balustrade behind, framed
63 x 28¾in. (160 x 75.5cm.)
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Qajar paintings of beauties were produced in series to decorate the walls of palaces. More often than not they were unsigned and undated, so their attribution is based on dress and stylistic grounds. The wooden balustrade and carpet in the present example are reminiscent of those in several paintings of single figures, formerly in the Amery Collection, all said to be Fath 'Ali Shah period (S.J. Falk, Qajar Paintings: Persian Paintings in the 18th and 19th Centuries, London, 1972, pls.26-29, 32-33). The dress is very similar to that worn by women in two paintings from that collection, pls.24 and 38, the latter described as being Muhammad Shah period. On the basis of this, ours can be said to be late Fath 'Ali Shah or early Muhammad Shah period, 1830s-40s.
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