Page: H. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm) W. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm) Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Not on view
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.
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).
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
Mohammad Ali Karimzadeh Tabrizi, ed. The Lives and Art of Old Painters of Iran. Vol. 1. London, 1986. pp. 388-397.
Landau, Amy S. "Allegory and Metaphor in a Seventeenth-Century Persian Painting." Muqarnas vol. 28 (2011). p. 115, ill. fig. 10 (color).