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The Persian MirrorReflections of the Safavid Empire in Early Modern France$
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Susan Mokhberi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190884796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190884796.001.0001

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Images of Mohammad Reza Beg

Images of Mohammad Reza Beg

Fashioning the Ambassador

(p.86) 5 Images of Mohammad Reza Beg
The Persian Mirror

Susan Mokhberi

Oxford University Press

Engravings of Mohammad Reza Beg were struck for his visit to France in 1715. Many of the images highlighted his foreign clothing and habits such as smoking and bathing, which in most cases were recognizable curiosities and already had stimulated trends in French fashion and culture. In France, consumers bought and consumed goods, such as coffee and expensive fabrics, that had been considered exotic but, by the time of the Beg’s visit in 1715, had been adapted as their own. The prints functioned to highlight his foreign tastes, but at the same time, they tempered his exoticness to make him accessible to the French and more like themselves.

Keywords:   Mohammad Reza Beg, Louis XIV, seventeenth-century engravings, Antoine Coypel, Orientalism, coffee, smoking, Jean Chardin, seventeenth-century bathing, honnête homme

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