Unknown (French School)
Inscribed: Mustafa Agas (Kasourides) of the custom office, Larnaca, 22 Fevrier 1828 [ February 1828] (Inscription repeated in Arabic; bears sale stamp 1883)
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.
18 x 24 cm
Portraits, Clothing And Dress, Traditional Costumes, Pipe Smoking
Verso on label ‘Madame Jare. Ins. 350 Aucun montag.’
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