Danseuses Turques - çengi 19th century
Handcoloured engraving showing çengi dancers accompanied by musicians. This image is a perfect time machine as it let us see the past through the eyes of an observing artist.
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"Danseuses Turques" as it is marked dates from the 19th or even 18th century.
The musicians are all women, as well as the two dancers. Although the print is pretty old, it doesn't lack any detail.
Musicians play oud, tar, kudum and santur.
The kudum or nakkare, is a small double drum sometimes made out of clay, sometimes of copper and played with two little sticks.
The santur is a typical Persian instrument and also played with sticks.
Tambourine is Turkish.
Only one male is present in this frame. The dancers's dress shows simularities with the Egyptian ghawazee outfit.
At that time Egypt was still part of the Ottoman empire and musicians and dancers toured around as it was customary for gypsy artists.
The value of this print is arbitrary as it is an unique antique piece.