Description According to the inscription in the upper panel of this manuscript leaf, Walters W.713, the painting depicts the Safavid ruler Shah 'Abbas I (reigned 996 AH/AD 1588-1038 AH/AD 1629). It was likely produced in India in the 12th century AH/AD 18th. The Safavid ruler is shown in a stylized landscape. On the verso of the leaf is a sample of calligraphy in Nasta'liq script quoting verses by the Persian poet Sa'di Shirazi (died 691 AH/AD 1292). These verses were executed in Samarqand by Muhammad Amin ibn Baba Jan in 990 AH/AD 1582-1583.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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