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Constantinople Medak Story Teller Allom 1840s Original Engraving Print

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Original Print
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!!! NOTE !!! if the image(s) in the description shows a broken image icon(s), right click on the icon(s) and open in new tab to see the larger image(s). The Medak, or Eastern Story Teller Constantinople, Turkey Another Fine Quality Print from Martin2001 Print Specifics: Type of print: Steel engraving - Original antique print Year of printing: not indicated in the print - est. 1839-1841 Original artist: Thomas Allom Publisher: Peter Jackson, London Paris Condition: 1-2 (1. Excellent - 2. Very good - 3. Good - 4. Fair). Very light small brownish areas in blank margins. Dimensions: 8 x 10.5 inches, including blank margins (borders) around the image. Image dimensions: 5 x 6.5 inches. 1 inch = 2,54 cm. Paper weight: 2 (1. Thick - 2. Heavier - 3. Medium heavy - 4. Slightly heavier - 5. Thin) Reverse side: Blank Narrative: They have, however, occasionally something approaching to our plays ; where more than one character appears in a naked room, or in the open air, in front of a kiosk, while the spectators look from the windows, or form a circle round the performers. On these occasions some very gross indecencies take place, and the gravity and sense of decorum of a Turk is laid aside. They permit, and seem to enjoy, in these representations, aviolation of morals and propriety, which, in real life, they would punish with the greatest severity. The sultans themselves are often present at such exhibitions, and set the example of encouraging them. Such things, however, are rare, only of extraordinary occurrence, and on memorable occasions ; but the Medak, or Story-teller, is a source of every-day enjoyment. This is a very important personage, and an essential part of Turkish amusement. He enacts by himself, in a monologue, various characters, and with a spirit and -fidelity quite astonishing, considering the inflexible and taciturn disposition of the people. The admirable manner in which one unassisted individual supports the representations of various persons, the versatility with which he adopts their countenance, attitude, and phraseology, are so excellent, that Frank residents, who have been accustomed to the perfection of the scenic art in their own country, are highly delighted with this Turkish drollery, and they are constant spectators, not only for amusement, but to perfect themselves in the language by hearing it under its various inflections, and thus acquire a knowledge which a common master could never impart; they also go to see different traits of manners, and of real life faithfully represented, which along residence in the country would hardly allow them an opportunity of witnessing. The Medak, therefore, is a public character, of importance to strangers as well as others. Martin2001 Satisfaction Guaranteed Policy! Any print purchased from me may be returned for any (or no) reason for a full refund including all postage. seller since 1998. Five-star service. Powered by Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.
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