Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Courtesan
Fustat (Old Cairo)
Fatimid period, 11th century
Ink and watercolor on paper
H: 28.5; W: 18 cm
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harari, London
Accession number: B65.04.0165
 
 
This rare painting depicts a naked dancer, covered with tattoos, playing the lute and holding a glass of wine. Her jewelry resembles some of the pieces on display here: a pair of bracelets, a pair of armlets, and a pair of anklets. The wavy contours of her bracelets suggest that they were decorated in relief.


Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir