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Nils Forsberg

The Dance of the Almeh

Property from a Distinguished American Collection (Lots 1-21)

Nils Forsberg

Nils Forsberg

The Dance of the Almeh

The Dance of the Almeh

Property from a Distinguished American Collection (Lots 1-21)

Nils Forsberg

Swedish

1842 - 1934

The Dance of the Almeh


signed N. Forsberg lower right

oil on canvas

Unframed: 208.3 by 122cm., 82½ by 48¾in.

Framed: 231 by 145.5cm., 91 by 57¼in.

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Sale: Bruun Rasmussen, Copenhagen, 30 November 1994, lot 315
Sale: Christie's, London, 17 March 1995, lot 156
Almeh, from the Arabic ‘learned woman’, was the name of a class of female entertainers in Egypt. Trained in dancing, singing and poetry, almehs (Arabic plural awalim) were present at festivals and entertainments and hired as mourners at funerals. The Almeh in the present work wears a beautiful pink and gold embroidery silk skirt and diaphanous blouse. She is watched by a seated woman and child playing a drum and there is a discarded pipe and coffee cup to the left. Sunlight pours in from a high window, highlighting the lustre of her costume, jewellery and finger cymbals.