8.5 in. high 30.20 in. wide (21.6 cm high 11.87 cm wide)
Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956
Not on view
The youth offering a cup of wine to a maiden reflects a Persian courtly ideal expressed in poetry as well as painting. But it was common practice for Timurid artists to turn to Chinese models for pictorial inspiration. In this case, Chinese influence can be seen in the arrangement of figures on a horizontal groundline set against a neutral, undefined background; in the identity and sinuous style of the flowering prunus tree that braces the princess; and in the material used for the painting surface.
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, by 1930]; Cora Timken Burnett, Alpine, NJ (by 1940–d. 1956; bequeathed to MMA)
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