Tehran: Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran/Reza' Abbasi Museum, 1990. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's maroon marbled paper covered boards, boards and spine blindstamped, illustrated endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket, original printed paperboard slipcase.
First edition of the Reza Abbasi Museum’s monograph on the unique genre of Persian folk art, with text by art historian and critic Hadi Seyf. Coming into existence during the Qajar dynasty “coffeehouse paintings'' or “dramatic paintings” were a form of religious storytelling depicting scenes from the Karbala, Quranic stories, and the national epic Shahnameh. As coffee and tea houses were often the center for communal ritual and performance during this period, they also functioned as unofficial ateliers for artists to practice the tradition, which involved erecting a painted scene in the establishment and subsequently explaining to other patrons the illustrated narrative. Enduring into the late ‘60s, the practice has since gradually disappeared due to the advent of “home narrative” systems such as radio, television, and personal computers along with Westernized models of restaurants and cafes. Foreword and plate descriptions in English, text throughout in Farsi. Lavishly lustrated in color. One of 3,000 copies. Unclipped dust jacket with rubbing to extremities. Original slipcase has some rubbing, a small closed tear and general shelfwear. Very good. Item #3162