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A Princely Hunt

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
late 16th century
Geography:
Iran, Qazvin
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, gold, and watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 6 15/16 in. (17.6 cm) W. 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm) Page: H. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm) W. 7 9/16 in. (19.2 cm) Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.81.2
  • Description

    Following the death of Shah Tahmasp in 1576 royal art patronage declined and artists sought outlets other than the court for their works. Artists increasingly made drawings that owners could include in albums that functioned like portable art galleries. One of the most influential masters in this period, Muhammadi of Herat, apparently served the Uzbeks, where he specialized in drawings of princely and rural pursuits in the countryside. Safavid artists, such as the one who drew this hunting scene, were inspired by Muhammadi’s technique and his choice of subject matter, though here the treatment of each figural group as a separate vignette lacks the coordination of Muhammadi’s original works.

  • Provenance

    [ Georges Tabbagh, New York, until 1917; sold to MMA]

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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