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"Aquatic Birds at a Pool", Folio from the Davis Album

Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
Date:
18th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Page: H. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm) W. 13 in. (33 cm) Painting: H. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm) W. 13 in. (33 cm) Mat: H. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm) W. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.174.4
Not on view
This album page contains a highly naturalistic image of water birds surrounded by a floral border that incorporates the images of two figures that appear to be based on European sources. Of the four pages from this album with floral borders, two are inscribed with the name of 'Aliquli Jabbadar, one with the name of Muhammad Zaman, and this one is uninscribed. Although 'Aliquli Jabbadar and Muhammad Zaman were contemporaries and worked in similar styles in the 1660s, 'Aliquli's work contains striking images of birds which suggests that he may have painted this image. The figures in the border, which appears to be from the 18th century, may derive from European prints depicting the young John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene.
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
Bell, Joseph, ed. Metropolitan Zoo. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1985. pp. 78-79.



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