- Museum number
Shah ʿAbbas I hawking. Single-page painting mounted on detached album folio.
Full-length portrait of Shah holding a hawk. Gold halo around Shah's head. Upper half of image features a green ground and lower half, a brown ground. Several coloured borders followed by dark blue border with vegetal motif in goldleaf. Outermost border features wild animals in goldleaf on light ground. B side contains two lines of Persian script set in wide border of white floral motifs on dark blue ground.
Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
- Production date
Height: 17.10 centimetres (image)
Height: 55.80 centimetres (mounted royal)
Height: 45.85 centimetres (page)
Width: 9.60 centimetres (image)
Width: 40.40 centimetres (mounted royal)
Width: 31.80 centimetres (page)
- Curator's comments
- A small chain has been fastened to the falcon's leg to prevent it flying away at the wrong time. The falcon and the halo are included here as kingly attributes in a portrait of a figure presumed to be Shah Abbas I.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 19 Feb-14 Jun, BM, Round Reading Room, 'Shah 'Abbas: The Remaking of Iran'
2002 Jun, BM G34/Addis, The Hunt
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).
- Middle East
- Registration number