East Asian Art
Woman with BirdMade in Isfahan, Iran, Asia
Late 19th or early 20th century
Artist/maker unknown, Iranian or Persian
Ink, opaque and transparent watercolor, and gold on paper
Currently not on view
1955-96-21Bequest of Margaretta S. Hinchman, 1955
LabelThis woman's voluptuous body is composed of delicate, calligraphic lines and color washes. Close inspection of her face reveals subtle shading realized through the layering of fine brushstrokes. The highly saturated blue pigment and the meandering vines that wind throughout the composition, however, were likely later additions. They match the designs in the page's borders, which were done when the image was mounted for inclusion in an album.