Saturday, 9 April 2016

Women with cloud collars

So, I've documented a range of cloud collar type things were worn in the Indian Sultinate (Northern India) pre 1600's. Unfortunately, the number of pictures of women wearing such things is limited. This is because illustrations of women seem to make up a smaller proportion of the preserved images available in the museums and on auction sites such as Christies and Sotherby's. It is also because other styles of clothing were worn at the same time so the choice of garb the artist painted was dictated by this school as well as his clients. None the less, I present some women wearing cloud collars with attention paid to where these images are from.


Detail: mid-16 c. Portrait of a Woman Tempura on paper. Dimensions: H. 16 7/8 in. (42.8 cm) W. 10 1/4 in. (26 in.)  Met Museum, Accession Number: 52.20.6.

Mughal (India) ->

Detail - Bābur Seeks His Grandmother's Advice Leaf from the Read Mughal Album, but formerly fol. 86 in the British Library's Bāburnāma. Mughal, ca. 1590–92, probably by Sānvalah, with early-nineteenth-century borders. 440 x 294 mm Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1911.; MS M.458.18. 


<- Iran, Tabriz?

Wine Drinking in a Spring Garden Object Name: Illustrated album leaf or single work Date: ca. 1430 Geography: Iran Culture: Islamic Medium: Opaque watercolor and gold on undyed silk Dimensions: 8.5 in. high 30.20 in. wide (21.6 cm high 11.87 cm wide) Met Museum. Accession Number: 57.51.24 

Iran, Tabriz ->

Detail: "The Feast of Sada", Folio 22v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp

Painting attributed to Sultan Muhammad (active first half 16th century)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript ca. 1525 Iran, Tabriz Met Museum Accession Number: 1970.301.2

<- Turkey

An Ottoman Drawing of a Peri, attributable to Veli Can, Turkey, 16th century. Sotheby's - Arts of the Islamic World 24 April 2013, Item 97
Turkey, Istanbul ->

Kneeling Angel with Cup and Bottle mid-16th century Shah Quli Ottoman period Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper H: 19.3 W: 10.8 cm Freer-Slaker Museum, F1933.6

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