PORTRAIT OF SULTAN SAIFUDDIN OF TIDORE (r. 1657-1689), ANONYMOUS (DUTCH EMPIRE), SECOND HALF 17th CENTURY, OIL – TAASA Review March 2018

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ON PANEL, 31 x 23.5 CM, CZARTORYSKI MUSEUM, KRAKÓW island in eastern Indonesia) were a Turkish robe, white linen from Cambay, yellow damask and Indian cloth embroidered with gold and silk.

In the 17th century another Tidore ruler is shown wearing a jacket styled after Dutch fashion but made from embroidered or appliquéd cloth, probably from Persia.

A delicate fringed scarf, also imported, becomes a sling for his right arm, maimed through leprosy...