ArtsIslamicaacademic-sIn this paper, Catherine Cartwright-Jones proposes to demonstrate that women’s hand and foot markings in pictorial and literary Persian art between the late 15th century and the mid 19th are representations of henna body art, and that this interpretation of the markings is corroborated by Persian literature and traveler’s descriptions. The author proposes that the representations are idealized but plausible representations of henna, and they demonstrate the technical processes and social uses of henna art in Persia.

Read More: Techniques of Persian Henna, by Catherine Cartwright-Jones