Nov 20, 2009
Nov 20, 2009

Persian Couplets (recto); Sleeping Youth (verso)

Persian Couplets (recto); Sleeping Youth (verso)

late 1500s–early 1600s

Part of a set. See all set records

style of Riza-yi Abbasi


Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on paper

Image: 21 x 12.4 cm (8 1/4 x 4 7/8 in.); Overall: 31.6 x 20.4 cm (12 7/16 x 8 1/16 in.); Text area: 21 x 12.4 cm (8 1/4 x 4 7/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.494



Under Shah Abbas, the tradition in which painting was employed to illustrate a literary work was all but abandoned. In its place came a new concern with single-page illustrations, such as this one, which have no specific content or meaning. They often illustrate albums of collections of verses about love and beauty, in which these themes often appear to serve as allegories of things divine.

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