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painting / album

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    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.


  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC(late)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 17.1 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 9.6 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 45.85 centimetres (page)
    • Width: 31.8 centimetres (page)
    • Height: 55.8 centimetres (mounted royal)
    • Width: 40.4 centimetres (mounted royal)
  • 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.

  • Bibliography

    • Canby 2009 124, p.256 bibliographic details
    • Rogers 1993 Fig. 72, p. 104 bibliographic details
  • Location

    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

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Album leaf. Hawking. Shah ?Abbas I with a hawk. Opaque watercolour and gold on paper.

Album leaf. Hawking. Shah ?Abbas I with a hawk. Opaque watercolour and gold on paper.

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