Woman Playing a String Instrument

Fausto ZonaroEarly 20th Century

Pera Museum

Pera Museum
Istanbul, Turkey

In this painting an Ottoman woman in her daily attire, her hair covered with an embroidered and printed kerchief plays a string instrument. Music was one of the most popular kinds of amusement in Turkish harems. The lute in particular, and similar string instruments, have always occupied a very important place in the lives of women. This picture was used on the cover of a special issue of Le Figaro Illustré dedicated to Zonara published in 1908, and also appeared in Der'i Se'adet, a book written by Adolphe Thalasso and illustated by Zonaro.


  • Title: Woman Playing a String Instrument
  • Creator: Fausto Zonaro
  • Date Created: Early 20th Century
  • Physical Dimensions: w680 x h950 cm
  • Type: pastel on paper
  • Rights: Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection, Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation
  • External Link: Orientalist Paintings Collection
  • Pera Museum: Orientalist Paintings Collection

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