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Single Leaf of a Monkey Riding a Goat and Three Sheep
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Single Leaf of a Monkey Riding a Goat and Three Sheep


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Description This album page, Walters leaf W.687, consists of 2 drawings and a sample of calligraphy written in Nasta'liq script by Hasan Shamlu on the back. The drawing in the upper register is of a monkey riding a goat. According to the Persian inscription it was executed by the celebrated Persian Safavid artist Riza-'i 'Abbasi (died 1044 AH/AD 1634) for his son Muhammad Qasim. The inscription reads, "Made for my son Muhammad Qasim. Work of the humble Riza-'i 'Abbasi." The drawing in the lower register depicts three sheep. On the back is a sample of calligraphy bearing the name Hasan Shamlu in the lower panel in the left corner of the page.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
10/18/1973Treatmentmounted; stabilized
Exhibitions
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Academy of the Arts, Easton, Easton; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton; The Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. 2002.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquistion unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
early 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
Medium
ink and pigments on paper mounted on pasteboard
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.687
Measurements
H: 14 3/8 x W: 9 7/16 in. (36.5 x 24 cm); Image 1 H: 3 7/8 x W: 2 9/16 in. (9.9 x 6.5 cm); Image 2 H: 3 3/4 x W: 3 9/16 in. (9.5 x 9 cm)
Geographies
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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