Young female musicians, dancers, and acrobats were a favorite subject of large-scale oil paintings made during the reign of the Qajar dynasty of Iran (1794-1925), in particular during the reigns of Fath Ali Shah and Mohammad Shah. Such paintings were hung in the private rooms of the palace, not in public reception rooms. One of four Qajar paintings purchased in New York City, 1943.


  • Title: Woman Playing a Setar
  • Date Created: early 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 67 3/4 x 33 in. (172.1 x 83.8cm)
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: View on the Shangri La Website
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Period: Qajar
  • On View: On loan to the Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Object Number: 34.6
  • Culture: Iran

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