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Courtiers at a Reception of Shah 'Abbas I
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Courtiers at a Reception of Shah 'Abbas I

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Description This painting shows courtiers of Shah 'Abbas I (r. 1588–1629), one of the great kings of the Persian Safavid dynasty (1501–1732). In 1598, Shah 'Abbas moved the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan, where there was a strong relationship between the city and the extensive royal gardens. Isfahan, and even its surrounding suburbs, were developed as a great garden on an urban scale. The Persian garden was the result of a sophisticated irrigation system that created the city oases of Iran and central Asia.
Date Description Narrative
9/08/2016Treatmentexamined for exhibition; media consolidation
  • Paradise Imagined: Images of the Garden in the Islamic and Christian World. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
Provenance Sale, Sotheby's, February 1960; Walters Art Museum, 1960, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the S. & A.P. Fund, 1960

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11th century AH/AD 17th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal; Safavid; Qajar; Zand; Deccan)
paper with ink, paint, and gold mounted on pasteboard
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 14 3/16 x W: 8 1/4 in. (36 x 21 cm)
  • Europe (Place of Origin)
  • India (Place of Origin)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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