Ottoman-Jewish art (Off-topic)
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I bought a pretty reproduction painting of Ezra the scribe before the
people of Israel in Ottoman-Persian style, painted onto an old
handwritten Ottoman page. I bought it in the book-dealers' nook
(Sahaflar Carsisi) in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul (where there are some
pretty extraordinary, genuine things on sale at extraordinary prices as
The picture is accompanied by a Hebrew caption copied by a non-Hebrew
reading person from the book of Ezra if I am correct. I know these
sorts of things are reproduced in Istanbul (I saw one workshop where
quite delicate work is done), but I'd like to know the original source
of the painting. I know that there are few famous Ottoman books with
biblical stories, but I don't have access to these.
Can anyone help? I can send a copy of the picture offline.
Larry Stillman, PhD
Centre for Community Networking Research, Monash University www.ccnr.net www.webstylus.net
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fax 61 3 9903 1077
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