Wine Drinking in a Spring Garden

Object Name: Illustrated album leaf or single work

Date: ca. 1430

Geography: Attributed to Iran, possibly Tabriz

Medium: Opaque watercolor and gold on undyed silk

Dimensions: 8.5 in. high 30.20 in. wide (21.6 cm high 11.87 cm wide)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956

Accession Number: 57.51.24


The youth offering a cup of wine to a maiden reflects a Persian courtly ideal expressed in poetry as well as painting. But it was common practice for Timurid artists to turn to Chinese models for pictorial inspiration. In this case, Chinese influence can be seen in the arrangement of figures on a horizontal groundline set against a neutral, undefined background; in the identity and sinuous style of the flowering prunus tree that braces the princess; and in the material used for the painting surface.