Getting the hump
February 19 2015
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)
Update - a reader writes:
Crikey that makes 50 Shades look tame!
There is always something new to discover in sleepy old Dorset....
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!