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A seated dervish; single-page drawing on a detached album folio. The figure is seated on his knees, head lowered towards the left, with a book tucked into the folds of his robe. The cap and robe the man is wearing suggest affiliation to a Sufi order. The overall simplicity of his garments alludes to a renunciation of worldly goods and luxuries, an act of self-annihilation that constituted an important step along the Path (tariqa) toward enlightenment. The inward, hunched and seated pose, his deep gaze, and the book (divan) hidden in the folds of his robe further suggest his meditative state and contemplative nature. No text.
Ink and gold on paper.
- Production date
- 19thC (probably)
Height: 10.50 centimetres (image)
Width: 6.70 centimetres (image)
- Curator's comments
The drawing was previously attributed to the 17th century, but it was actually probably produced in imitation of early 17thC style.
Iran, Safavid school, 17th century
Ink and gold on paper
From the late 16th century on individual portraits of dervishes, either painted or drawn, proliferated in Iran. Often depicted meditating, these dervishes are difficult to identify by order and may have operated independently. This dervish appears to have a book tucked into the folds of his robe. (previous label text)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 11 Mar - 8 Jul, BM, G34, 'The Prince and the Pir: dervishes and mysticism in Iran and India'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).
- Middle East
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