This small and tightly painted work with its magnificently detailed execution conveys a jewel like effect. Discart has compiled objects from the Middle East around his central figure who appears to be a Moroccan seated against an architectural background, thereby creating the effect of a street vendor.
The objects that surround him, such as the brass hanging lamp and the ewer, are both 'Cairo-ware' pierced brass from the second half of the 19th Century and the lamp appears to have been made after an approximately 14th Century original. The textile, draped over the basin in the foreground appears to be Italian and the red textile on the left foreground, as well as the pipe, both appear to be late 19th Century Turkish. The 17th Century turquoise tile panel in the background as well as the 16th Century stone carving, both are of Syrian origin. Discart, most likely sketched the sitter during his travels, and used studio props at a later stage in the process of painting in order to further animate his composition.