A Portrait of Qajar Dervish

Origin: Qajar Dynasty, Persia.
Date: 19th Century.
Material ans Technique: Gouache on paper.
Size: 22.8 x 16 cm.
Sold at Christie's auction.
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In this painting, a young dervish is shown wearing blue robe holding a beggar's crutch and flowers, with signature inscription cartouche to the left, on a ground of flowers. A dervish is a member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which perform whirling dances and vigorous chanting as acts of ecstatic devotion.