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Single Leaf of a Portrait of Shah Abbas I
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Single Leaf of a Portrait of Shah Abbas I

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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.
Date Description Narrative
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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Painting: 12th century AH/AD 18th century; Calligraphy: 990 AH/AD 1582-1583 (Safavid)
ink and pigments on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 14 15/16 x W: 10 1/16 in. (38 x 25.5 cm)
  • India (Place of Origin)
  • Samarqand, Uzbekistan (Place of Origin)
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