Mustafa Agas (Kasourides) of the custom office, Larnaca

Creator:

Unknown (French School)

Date:

1828-02--22

Inscriptions:

Inscribed: Mustafa Agas (Kasourides) of the custom office, Larnaca, 22 Fevrier 1828 [ February 1828] (Inscription repeated in Arabic; bears sale stamp 1883)

Description:

The watercolour portrays a Christian convert to Islam identified by both a Turkish and Greek name. He is Mustafa Agas, Kasourides, chief of customs at Larnaca port. A member of the Ottoman administration, the sitter is dressed in Ottoman attire with a green coat (Kaftan) denoting his membership in the Ottoman elite. He is smoking a chibuk, a long thin pipe often used by Ottoman notables. On his head, he is wearing a multi-coloured turban. His posture is typical of that adopted by Ottoman notables at relaxation, seated cross-legged on a sofa with plenty of pillows supporting his back. His has fine facial features and bears a thin moustache and a well groomed beard. His delicate fingers point to a privileged background. The watercolour, executed by a French artist, is inscribed both in French and Arabic and bears the studio mark of the artist.

Dimensions:

18 x 24 cm

Signature(s):

Unsigned

Subject:

Portraits, Clothing And Dress, Traditional Costumes, Pipe Smoking

Identifier:

PNT-00241

Provenance:

Verso on label ‘Madame Jare. Ins. 350 Aucun montag.’

Classification:

Paintings

Object Type:

Watercolour

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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