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Portrait of a Lady of the Court Playing the Tambourine

Pierre-Désiré Guillemet, Pierre Désiré Guillemet1870/1875

Pera Museum

Pera Museum
Istanbul, Turkey

This painting is one of the four half-length portraits by the artist painted in 1874-1875, depicting young women of the Ottoman Court. Her dress has been emphasized by means of a neutral background. She is wearing a "dört etek" robe, made of savai fabric. Part of her undershirt with embroidered borders is visible from her large sleeves and around the edges of her robe. Her robe has a floral pattern with lively colours and her belt has a clasp with a two large stones in a silver setting. Her chestnut coloured hair flows down to her shoulders; she wears two strands of pearls around her neck, and a gold earring with pearls and gems. On her head she wears a cap of blue fabric, decorated with small white flowers, plumes, and tulle.

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