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Single Leaf of a Couple Embracing
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Single Leaf of a Couple Embracing

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Description This single-leaf painting of a couple embracing, Walters manuscript leaf W.690, executed in Safavid Iran, is dated to 3 Sha`ban 1[0]98 AH/AD 1689. The painting is in the style of the artist Mu'in Musawwir (Mu'in the painter), who was active in Isfahan from 1044-1109 AH/AD 1635-1697. The illuminated landscape motifs are found in other paintings associated with this painter, who produced both single-leaf compositions and manuscript illustrations. The handwriting is also comparable to that found on Mu'in's accepted and signed works. The subject of couples embracing was a popular theme of single-leaf compositions in Isfahan of the 11th century AH/AD 17th, repeated by Mu'in's contemporaries and students.
Date Description Narrative
7/16/2015Treatmentexamined for exhibition; media consolidation
  • Art of Persia. Ithaca College Museum of Art, Ithaca. 1966-1967.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Painting in Iran, Sixteenth to Seventeenth Centuries. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992.
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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1098 AH/AD1689 (Safavid)
ink and pigments on paper mounted on pasteboard
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 14 x W: 9 7/16 in. (35.5 x 24 cm); Image H: 7 11/16 x W: 4 1/8 in. (19.5 x 10.5 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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