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Persian Portraits, Etc.

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • Persian Portraits, Etc.
  • Description

    Shah ʿAbbás I with attendants; single-page painting mounted on an album folio. Shah, wearing an orange tricorn hat, red jacket, green pants and knee-high boots, kneels beside an attendant, also kneeling, and hands him a small dish. Shah carries a dagger, a sheathed sword, a sheathed bow and a quiver on his back. A second attendant stands slightly removed, pouring wine from a jug. Tufts of grass in the foreground; void ground behind figures; band of black and blue sky along top of image. Framed by black speckled beige border ornamented with gold vine scroll; flowering only on left; page cut before mounted into album. Inscribed to right of figures and caption below image. Album contains 67 Deccani paintings, mostly depictions of named individuals, along with some Hindu gods and goddesses.
    Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper. Album bound in blue-green leather and stamped with Sloane's gilded armorial on front and back cover.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC(late)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36 centimetres (album)
    • Width: 26 centimetres (album)
    • Thickness: 2.7 centimetres (album)
    • Height: 34.5 centimetres (folio)
    • Width: 22.7 centimetres (folio)
    • Height: 29 centimetres (image with border)
    • Width: 17.5 centimetres (image with border)
    • Height: 25.5 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 14 centimetres (image)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        below lower border
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        A Persian with his ARMS.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        right of figure
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        top right, above image
      • Inscription Content

        1974 6-17 02 (4)
      • Inscription Comment

        BM registration number
      • Inscription Type

        owner's mark
      • Inscription Position

        lower border, left
      • Inscription Comment

        red BM crown stamp
  • Curator's comments

    See 1974,0617,0.2 .1-.67 for all folios included in this album. See 1974, 0617, 0.2.1 for information about inscriptions on album and front matter.

  • Bibliography

    • Canby 2009 20, p.62 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2009 19 Feb-14 Jun, BM, Round Reading Room, 'Shah 'Abbas: The Remaking of Iran'

  • 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


  • Additional IDs

    • SL.5254 (stamped on the spine of the album)
Album leaf (recto). Portrait. Shah ?Abbás II with attendants. On paper.


Album leaf (recto). Portrait. Shah ?Abbás II with attendants. On paper.

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