Getting the hump

February 19 2015

Image of Getting the hump

Picture: Dukes Auctions via Timothy Medhurst on Twitter.

I know this is both vulgar and childish, but I couldn't resist. It's for sale today. Have you ever seen anything like it? Here's the catalogue description:

TWO INDO-PERSIAN MINIATURE STUDIES one showing a tiger hunt 4.5 x 7 ; the other a man mounting a camel 7 x 5 ; 19th / 20th century (2)

Estimate: 100-200

Update - a reader writes:

Crikey that makes 50 Shades look tame!

There is always something new to discover in sleepy old Dorset....

Another writes:

Must be a female camel- did you buy it?

Not quite my thing, alas.

And thanks for all the unprintable camel/desert jokes...

Update II - another reader adds:

Your re-tweet from Timothy Medhurst made me chuckle: it reminded me of one of the cleverest lines I've ever heard in a TV programme.

It was in an episode of Jonathan Creek written by the excellent David Renwick.

"It is easier for a rich man to enter a camel if he stands on a box."


Update III - another sniggering reader writes:

Yes - I bought and sold a small collection of Persian bestial illuminated manuscripts about ten years ago now. The attached image being one example, though it's a bit more graphic than the one you've linked!


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