Seated Man in the Wilderness

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Drawings of kneeling figures in landscape proliferated in the first quarter of the seventeenth century in Iran. Often, but not exclusively, the figures are men drinking, reading poetry or holding a flower or fruit, as in this work. Intended for inclusion in an album, the drawing may have faced another work of a related subject, perhaps a person receiving the fruit proffered by the kneeling man. The figure's pear-shaped thighs and the line of variable thickness recall works by Riza-yi 'Abbasi (fl. 1589–1635).

Seated Man in the Wilderness, Ink and gold on paper

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