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"Two Old Men in Discussion Outside a Hut", Folio from the Davis Album

Artist:
'Ali Quli Jabbadar (active 1642–late 17th century)
Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
Date:
dated A.H. 1085/A.D. 1674–75
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
13.12 in. high 8.25 in. wide (33.3 cm high 21 cm wide)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.174.3
Not on view
Like several other folios in the Davis album, this painting is framed by a border of naturalistically rendered sprays of flowers in vibrant colors. Here, the artist blends Persian, Indian and European modes of painting: the composition and treatment of the faces is Indian, the style is European in character, featuring one-point perspective, chiaroscuro and modeling. The composition is based on another painting in this album, "A Nighttime Gathering," by Muhammad Zaman, whose distinctive farangi-sazi (European mode) style was influential in the late seventeenth century.
Inscription: Translation: Work of 'Ali Quli Jabbadar, the [ ] and the son of slaves.

Marking: In Persian with date A.H. 1085 ( A.D. 1674–75).
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
Mohammad Ali Karimzadeh Tabrizi, ed. The Lives and Art of Old Painters of Iran. Vol. 1. London, 1986. pp. 388-397.

Landau, Amy S. "Allegory and Metaphor in a Seventeenth-Century Persian Painting." Muqarnas vol. 28 (2011). p. 115, ill. fig. 10 (color).



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