Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper (tinted drawing)
9 1/2 x 7in. (24.1 x 17.8cm)
Rogers Fund, 1911
Not on view
While the inscription in the drawing assigns it to the celebrated artist Riza-ye 'Abbasi of the Isfahan school, it is more likely by a pupil following the typical calligraphic style of the master. From about 1610 on, figures in Isfahan drawings and paintings have heavy pear-shaped thighs and wide, round cheeks. The subject of a youth paired with an older man, often a dervish or a poet, illustrated the relationship of the spiritual guide or 'pir' and his disciple, the 'murid'.
Inscription: Inscription: raqam-i kamina-i Riza Abbasi, jahat-i Sultan al-Fuqara Rahima Sakhta
Translation: Drawn by the most lowly Reza Abbasi Made for the Sultan of the Poor, Rahima
[ Gustav Crayen, until 1911; sold to MMA]
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