Drawing on paper, tinted and coloured with watercolours. The painting shows a well-to-do woman kneeling on a carpet and resting her head on a drum. She wears a pale blue hijab over an embroidered or printed shawl. Mounted in a pair in a cardboard frame.
This painting is one of a series of watercolours which depict scenes that are well known in nineteenth century Persian painting and commercial photography. Judging by the fashions worn by the painting’s subjects they were probably painted between 1850 and 1875, quite possibly for sale to tourists. This example shows a well-to-do woman knelt on a carpet and resting her head on a drum. She wears a pale blue hijab over an embroidered or printed shawl which is of a very similar pattern to the shawl worn by the woman in 17.1.48/19.