Woman Playing a String Instrument

Fausto ZonaroEarly 20th Century

Pera Museum

Pera Museum

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.

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