"Summer, from a Series of the Four Seasons", Folio from the Davis Album
Attributed to 'Ali Quli Jabbadar (active 1642–late 17th century)
Illustrated album leaf
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
In the foreground a standing woman turns her head slightly to her right. She holds a basket of cucumbers in her right hand while lifting her dress with her left. The woman's dress and pose and the thatched buildings in the background, which include a barnyard with chickens, a water wheel and two figures, suggest that this painting is based on a European, possibly Flemish, allegory of one of the four seasons, Summer. Although the painting is not signed, the palette, composition and details such as the flowers behind the figure all are found in the work of 'Ali Quli Jabbadar, an important Safavid court artist of the second half of the seventeenth century.
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
Welch, Anthony, ed. Shah 'Abbas and the Arts of Isfahan. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1973. no. 74, pp. 118, 106-107, ill. p. 106 (b/w).