Cyprus (Shaving Priest)

Creator:

Anonymous

Date:

ca. 1840

Places:

Cyprus

Inscriptions:

Inscribed in lower centre recto: Cyprus

Description:

A strange pencil drawing is inscribed ‘Cyprus’ and must have been executed around 1830-40. A black man in Turkish costume, barefoot but wearing a fez, with accentuated facial characteristics, thick lips and the protruding nose is cutting off an Orthodox priest’s beard. Seated on his throne, the priest is chubby, with a round belly and expressionless. He seems to be very short as his feet do not touch the floor. Beside him kneel several somber Ottoman dignitaries who appear to be watching the event in all seriousness. Traditionally, the shaving of a priest’s beard was regarded the ultimate punishment for...Read more

Dimensions:

22 x 33 cm

Signature(s):

Unsigned

Identifier:

PNT-00009

Classification:

Paintings

Object Type:

Drawing

Rights Holder:

© Costas and Rita Severis Foundation

Rights Statement:

The Costas and Rita Severis Foundation holds or manages the copyright(s) of this item and its digital reproduction. If you need information about using this item, please send an email to research@severis.org

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