"A Night-time Gathering", Folio from the Davis Album

Painting by Muhammad Zaman Iranian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

This painting by the late Safavid painter Muhammad Zaman depicts two scholars and their Indian attendants who confer by candlelight. Signed and dated "the year 7", this work may have been executed in the seventh year of the emperor Aurangzeb, recording the first of two comets sighted in the northern hemisphere in December 1664 and April 1665. Scholars have suggested that perhaps Muhammad Zaman produced this image in India, or that he painted it in Iran in his eclectic style, which combined European and Mughal Indian elements.

"A Night-time Gathering", Folio from the Davis Album, Painting by Muhammad Zaman (Iranian, active 1649–1700), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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