This drawing of a kneeling youth wearing a fur-lined gold cap is based on a work attributed to Shaikh Muhammad, an artist who was active from the 1530s to the end of the 1580s. The gold decoration on the figure’s robe, the chain of amulets and a purse across his chest, and the landscape elements do not appear in the original. Despite the long tresses, dangling earring, and narrow waist of this figure, his cap and pose indicate that he is a young man.
[ Adrienne Minassian, New York, until 1973; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 22, 1983–August 14, 1983.
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Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965–1975 (1975). p. 134, ill. (b/w).
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. p. 102, ill. fig. 10 (b/w).
Swietochowski, Marie, and Sussan Babaie. Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. no. 23, pp. 56-57, ill. pl. 23 (b/w).