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Turkoman Prisoner

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
ca. 1610
Geography:
Attributed to Iran, Isfahan
Medium:
Ink and transparent watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
H. 14 1/16 in. (35.7 cm) W. 9 3/16 in. (23.4 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Louis V. Bell Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.266.2
Not on view
Numerous paintings and drawings of a Turkman prisoner with his hand and head in a type of stock, known as a 'palahang', were produced from the early 16th to the early 17th century. Here the figure is armed only with a dagger, not the sword, bow, arrows and mace of the prisoners in earlier versions. The windswept clouds, light brown, grey and white washes and calligraphic line of this drawing owe a debt to Riza–yi 'Abbasi, who worked in this style in the first decade of the 17th century.
Hagop Kevorkian, New York (until d. 1962; his estate sale, Sotheby's, London,December 6, 1967, no. 71, to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Persian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 13, 1989–December 31, 1989, no. 5.

"The Property of the Kevorkian Foundation, December 6, 1967." In Highly Important Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. London: Sotheby's, New York, 1967. no. 71, p. 22, ill. opp. p. 22 (b/w), (called Isfahan, ca. 1630).

Swietochowski, Marie, and Sussan Babaie. Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. no. 5, pp. 20-21, ill. pl. 5 (b/w).



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