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Single Leaf of an Old Man Kneeling
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Single Leaf of an Old Man Kneeling

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Description This Safavid drawing of an old bearded man, Walters manuscript leaf W.686, is inscribed with the name of the famous Persian artist Riza-yi 'Abbasi (died 1044 AH/AD 1634). The name of the artist, written in black Nasta'liq script, appears in the lower right corner of the page. It was produced in the middle of the 11th century AH/AD 17th in Iran. Such drawings are often framed by poetic verses. This example is surrounded by panels of verses from a poem by 'Abd al-Rahman Jami (died 898 AH/AD 1492). It has been suggested that the man depicted is meant to represent the poet Jami himself.
Date Description Narrative
10/23/2015Treatmentexamined for exhibition; stabilized
  • Painting in Iran, Sixteenth to Seventeenth Centuries. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992.
  • 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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mid 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
ink, paint, and gold on paper mounted on pasteboard
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 11 1/4 x W: 6 7/8 in. (28.5 x 17.5 cm); Image H: 3 7/16 x W: 1 15/16 in. (8.7 x 5 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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