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Persian Miniature Paintings on Camel Bone

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Click on any of the photos below that I took of the miniature Persian paintings and you will see the magnified single-hair brush detail that makes these paintings absolutely remarkable!
Roy, Jay
                  and the artists
When my son, Jay, and I met the Persian artists in New York we were stunned with the absolute quality and extraordinary, fine detail of their miniature paintings. 

What adds to their desirability is they are small.  Really small.  As in smaller than a business card.  Plus, the artists prefer to use natural materials so they are painted on camel bone using cat hair brushes, the handles for which are made of porcupine quill.  The paint colors are natural dies extracted from herbs and minerals like lapis lazuli, turquoise, saffron, pomegranate skin, and walnuts.  The Persians were clearly "green" before it became vogue!

These paintings were created by Ali and his father Mostafa Fotowat and others under their supervision.  Mostafa has 40 years experience painting miniatures and comes from a family of miniature painting artists.  The Iranian government selected him to create paintings that were used for national postage stamps in his native Iran.  Mostafa's father, Hossein, and his brother, Rassoul, are also noteworthy Persian miniature painters.

It is our pleasure to share with North America and the world, the Persian miniature paintings on camel bone by the Fotowat family.  I hope you enjoy them as much as Jay and I did when we first saw and selected this collection for Saper Galleries.          
~ Roy Saper

Click on the photos to see the amazing detail of these miniature paintings!
Blue
                  White bird
Blue and White Bird
Original miniature painting on camel bone
  2 x 3"
$180
Persian couple
Persian Couple Embracing
Original miniature painting with gold highlights on camel bone
2 7/8 x 2" oval
Sorry, sold for $60

Persian couple B
Persian Couple Drinking
Original miniature painting with gold highlights on camel bone
2 7/8 x 2" oval
Sorry, sold for $60
Persian
                        women
Two Seated Persian Women
Original miniature painting on camel bone
4 3/4 x 2 3/4"
Sorry, sold for $260

Blue
                        Peacock B
Blue Peacock A
Original miniature painting on camel bone
3 x 2"
$180
Ducks
Ducks
Original miniature painting on camel bone
3 x 2"
$130

Bird and Berries
Bird and Berries
Original miniature painting on camel bone
3 x 2"
Sorry, sold for $180
Wings Outstretched
Wings Outstretched
Original miniature painting on camel bone
3 x 2"
$130

Birds in Tree
Birds in Tree
Original miniature painting on camel bone
3 x 2"
$130
Blue Peacock B
Blue Peacock B
Original miniature painting on camel bone
3 x 2"
$180
Green Peacock
Green Peacock
Original miniature painting on camel bone
3 x 2"
$180

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