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Youth and Dervish

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
second quarter 17th century
Iran, Isfahan
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper (tinted drawing)
9 1/2 x 7in. (24.1 x 17.8cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
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]
Schulz, Ph. Walter. Die Persisch-Islamische Miniaturmalerei. Vol. vols. I, II. Leipzig: Hiersemann, 1914. pp. 104-105, 164-165.

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 82, p. 202-203, ill. p. 203 (b/w).

Soucek, Priscilla, ed. Content and Context of Visual Arts in the Islamic World : papers from a colloquium in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Monographs on the fine arts, vol. 44. University Park, PA: College Art Association of America, 1988. pp. 257, 267, ill. fig. 12 (b/w).

Swietochowski, Marie, and Sussan Babaie. Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. no. 33, pp. 76-77, ill. pl. 33 (b/w).

Canby, Sheila R. "The Drawings and Paintings of Riza-Yi Abbasi of Isfahan." In The Rebellious Reformer of Isfahan . London: Azimuth Editions, 1996. no. 43, pp. 209-210, ill. fig. 6 (b/w).

Akbarnia, Ladan, and Francesca Leoni. "The Mystical Arts of Islam." In Light of the Sufis. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2010. no. 10, pp. 34-35, ill. p. 35 (color).

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