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« on: December 14, 2019, 10:53:14 pm »





This watercolor painting illustrates one of the prettiest non-fancy middle age room decors ever.  Window architecture with that geometrical woodwork pattern and the broad sill is remarkable, absolutely grand.   So are the simple and neat furnishing and wall tiles, though the couch looks too high to be in conformity with Middle Eastern style of furniture.   Also the teacher placing some of his books on the floor, coming in with his shoes instead of leaving them at the door, and the casual posture of the ladies at such an occasion are not culturally authentic.    

In a nutshell, the idea is truthfully historical but the style of portrayal needs to be corrected just a bit. 

 

Agree completely.  Though a very nice image to view, there are some cultural flaws.  I also don't recognize such tall sofas ever being in traditional use in the northern Middle East.  Moreover, the cover of the sofa seat is an extension of the carpet spread on the floor.  This is unusual.  Never seen this nor heard of in any household, present or past.

Your summary on women's home schooling culture is very interesting and unarguably correct.    Home tutoring was especially common for Muslim women at that time.  Boys studied in the mdrassahs often attached to the masjids.  Though women visited masjids regularly, their education was generally at home.  This image seems more like relaxed learning, as a pastime, than serious tuition. 

From the outfit of the ladies, seems this image is most likely a portrayal of Algerian homelife.

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