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Photograph of the Nakkara Khana graphic

Image for Photograph of the Nakkara Khana graphic
Smithsonian Museum
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Description
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Albumen print numbered FSA A2011.03 A.36a; available in Stephen Arpee Collection of Sevruguin Photographs.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Organization
One of 62 albumen prints, un-numbered and without any apparent organization, housed in document box and stored on shelves. The 62 photographs were found sandwiched between the front and back covers of a leather-bound album of 19th. century photographs of Antoin Sevruguin. Many of these prints are duplicates of these in the album, and were certainly purchased at the same time
Summary
"Naqara is a common name of the kettledrum pictured in the centre of the photo. The instrument is commenly accompanied by the wind instruments also depicted in this photo. The combination of instruments and their players were usually hired for various ceremonies." [Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Curatorial Research Assistant]
Cite as
Stephen Arpee Collection of Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., 2011
Repository Loc.
Shelf 7: Box --
Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, 1050 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20013-7012
Creator
Sevruguin, Antoin -1933
Uniform title
Early Photography of Iran
Subject
Sevruguin, Antoin -1933
Date
1880s - 1930
Physical description
1 albumen print : b&w ; 16.3 cm. x 20.5 cm
Type
Albumen prints
Photographic prints
Studio portraits