Hunting was an enduringly popular theme in Iranian art and appears on Safavid textiles from the early sixteenth century. In this eighteenth-century example, the hunter wears a blue coat and a tall, multipronged cap with a scarf wrapped around it. The cap resembles those seen in paintings of the period of Nadir Shah Afshar (r. 1736–47), helping to date the painting to the eighteenth century.
[ Tabbagh Frères, Paris and New York, until 1910; sold to MMA]
New York. Asia Society. "Shah Abbas and the Arts of Isfahan," October 11, 1973–December 2, 1973, no. 65.
Boston. Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums. "Shah Abbas and the Arts of Isfahan," January 19, 1974–February 19, 1974, no. 65.
Reath, Nancy Andrews, and Eleanor B. Sachs. Persian Textiles and Their Technique from the Sixth to the Eighteenth Centuries Including a System for General Textile Classification. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1937. pp. 9, 10, 29, 48, 57, 83, ill. pl. 26 (b/w).
Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. ill. v. VI, pl 1071A.
Welch, Anthony, ed. Shah 'Abbas and the Arts of Isfahan. Cambridge and New York: Asia House Gallery, 1973. no. 65, pp. 94, 100-101, ill. p. 94 (b/w).