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  • Museum number


  • Description

    Seated page; single-page painting mounted on a detached album folio. A young page sits while reading text from a safina, or album. A Persian inscription fills most the upper righthand corner as well as the upper left.
    Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1625-1626 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21.9 centimetres (page)
    • Width: 14.7 centimetres (page)
    • Height: 14.5 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 8 centimetres (image)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        top right of painting
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Translation

        On the order of the prosperous, most noble, most pure Highness, may God prolong his reign, is this likeness of the work of Master Muhammadi of Herat, [God's] mercy be upon him. The lowly, most contemptible of slaves, I [...] It was made with the friendship of the most noble and decorated.

        The work of the humble Riza-yi 'Abbasi.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Comment

        Riẓá `Abbásí
  • Bibliography

    • Canby 1999 107, fig. 95 bibliographic details
    • Canby 2009 13, p.52 bibliographic details
    • Robinson F 2007a p.193 bibliographic details
    • Parkinson 2013 pp. 72-3 bibliographic details
    • Canby 1993 pp.99-101, fig. 66 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

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

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

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

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Painting. General subject - portrait. A young page reading a book +inscription. Painted in gouache and gilded on paper.

Painting. General subject - portrait. A young page reading a book +inscription. Painted in gouache and gilded on paper.

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