Here are pictures of 9 miniature paintings on camel bone, they are from Iran. They were acquired from the same source. The backs are all cellophaned
Some of them have the name Emami on the back, which I assume is the name of the artist.
Can you tell me how old they might be?
AW says: This is indeed a fascinating art. Because it’s done exactly the same way today, as it was done for hundreds, if not thousands of years, it’s very difficult to pinpoint age. From the style, patina and color of the camel bone in your paintings, I’d say that these are circa 1910-1950.
I’m sure emami is the name of the artist. It’s unlikely that you’d ever be able to track the artist as there were thousands of Iranians who painted such folk art.
I agree the quality is excellent. (Reader’s should note that these average about 2x5”, so these are very small paintings)
My appraisal is for all 9, although only 2 are shown here.
Retail value: $1,100-$1500
Quick sale: $300-$400
Keywords: Iranian folk art, Emami, camel bone paintings, Persian art