Seated man holding a book

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, mid 17th century
Ink and gold on paper
H x W: 10.3 x 4.7 cm (4 1/16 x 1 7/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Iran, man, Safavid period (1501 - 1722)

To 1907
Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951), Cairo, Egypt, Paris, France, and New York to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original List of Persian and Indian Drawings, pg. 106, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. F1907.761 - F1907.766 were originally purchased from Dikran Kelekian as group of six subjects on one mount. The original mount has an inscription and stamp of a Russian collection on both the obverse and reverse on the lower part of the mount (see Curatorial Remark 8, Debra Diamond, February 3, 2011, in the object record).

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Dikran Garabed Kelekian (C.L. Freer source) 1868 - 1951

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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