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Single Leaf of a Man on a Donkey
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Single Leaf of a Man on a Donkey

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Description Walters manuscript leaf W.681, this Safavid single-leaf drawing with opaque watercolor and illuminated borders, depicts a man with a large turban riding a donkey. Attributable to the early 11th century AH/17th century AD, it is in the style of drawing defined by the school of the famous Persian artist Riza 'Abbasi (active AH 1001-1044/AD 1591-1592 to 1634). The composition is the reverse of a work by the Safavid painter Sadiqi (AH 939-1018/AD 1533-1610) in the Musée du Louvre published by Ivan Stchoukine in 1929 that has been identified as a depiction of a mullah (religious scholar). The illuminated borders of landscape scenes and gazelles are slightly later than the drawing and probably date to the late 11th century AH/17th century AD.
  • The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Academy Art Museum, 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 acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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early 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
paper with opaque watercolor and ink mounted on pasteboard
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 18 5/16 x W: 12 in. (46.5 x 30.5 cm); Image H: 6 x W: 4 1/2 in. (15.2 x 11.5 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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