13.12 in. high 8.25 in. wide (33.3 cm high 21 cm wide)
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
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).