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"Two Old Men in Discussion Outside a Hut", Folio from the Davis Album

'Ali Quli Jabbadar (active 1642–late 17th century)

Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
Date:
dated A.H. 1085/A.D. 1674–75
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
13.12 in. high 8.25 in. wide (33.3 cm high 21 cm wide)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.174.3
  • Description

    Like several other folios in the Davis album, this painting is framed by a border of naturalistically rendered sprays of flowers in vibrant colors. Here, the artist blends Persian, Indian and European modes of painting: the composition and treatment of the faces is Indian, the style is European in character, featuring one-point perspective, chiaroscuro and modeling. The composition is based on another painting in this album, "A Nighttime Gathering," by Muhammad Zaman, whose distinctive farangi-sazi (European mode) style was influential in the late seventeenth century.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Translation: Work of 'Ali Quli Jabbadar, the [ ] and the son of slaves.

    Marking: In Persian with date A.H. 1085 ( A.D. 1674–75).

  • Provenance

    Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)

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