Woman with Bird

Artist/maker unknown, Iranian or Persian

Made in Isfahan, Iran, Asia

Late 19th or early 20th century

Ink, opaque and transparent watercolor, and gold on paper

15 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches (39.4 x 30.2 cm) framed

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Margaretta S. Hinchman, 1955

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This 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.