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Picnic in the mountains; single-page tinted drawing on a detached album folio.
Side A (recto): This recreational drawing depicts a picnic in the mountains with musicians amongst trees. Thirteen men total. Some details seem a later addition. No text.
Side B (verso): Calligraphy.
Ink and opaque watercolour on paper.
- Production date
Height: 34.70 centimetres (calligraphy)
Height: 22.50 centimetres (image)
Height: 22.30 centimetres (painting)
Height: 41.50 centimetres (sheet)
Width: 17.80 centimetres (calligraphy)
Width: 14.70 centimetres (image)
Width: 14.40 centimetres (painting)
Width: 26.10 centimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
The leaves of the trees by the stream have changed from bright to olive green and have begun to 'burn' the paper as a result of the verdigris in the pigment. (Canby 1993, p. 92)
Attributed to Muhammadi of Herat,
fl. second half of 16th century
Khurasan, about 1565
Unmentioned by 16th-century Persian biographers, Muhammadi was nonetheless a very influential artist. He popularized various scenes of figures in landscape and advanced the technique of combining polychromy and drawing seen in this princely fête champêtre. (previous label text)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 March-July, London, BM, 'No Equal in All the World: Artistic Legacies from Herat, Afghanistan'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From an album of 51 folios (Or 1372, 1920,0917,0.255-303) acquired by the British Museum in 1875 from Sir Charles Murray (1806-1895). Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB) in 1920.
- Middle East
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