painting(single-page painting on detached folio);
- Museum number
Single-page painting and calligraphy, respectively, on two sides of a detached album folio. A side: a youth inspecting an arrow. Portrait of a standing youth holding a bow and arrow. Minimal foliage and background. Text appearing within double border contains verses of Persian poetry. B side: Calligraphy.
Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
- Production date
- 1600 (circa)
Height: 13 centimetres (calligraphy (B))
Height: 27.80 centimetres (calligraphy with border (B))
Height: 14.80 centimetres (image (A))
Height: 44.50 centimetres (sheet (A))
Width: 6.50 centimetres (calligraphy (B))
Width: 20.50 centimetres (calligraphy with border (B))
Width: 6.50 centimetres (image (A))
Width: 31.10 centimetres (sheet (A))
- Curator's comments
When the capital of Iran moved to Isfahan in 1598, a new class of dandies in outsized turbans and opulent robes began to appear in portraits. Despite the foppish manner and dress of this youth, his bow and arrow suggest that he is a hunter or that hunting is the activity for which he is best known.
Portrait of a youth inspecting an arrow
When the capital of Iran moved to Isfahan in 1598, a new class of dandies in oversized turbans and opulent robes began to appear in portraits. The bow and arrow held by this youth suggest that he is a hunter, or that he is known for his hunting skills. Several portraits from this period are associated with the Safavid court artist Riza `Abbasi (about 1565–1635), but the present attribution to ‘Riza’, inscribed below the iris flower, is false.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2012-2013 7 Aug-27 Jan, BM, 'Fair Play: Heroes, Athletes & Princes in Islamic Art'
2002 Jun, BM G34/Addis, The Hunt
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- Registration number