Seated princess

Album folio: Seated princess; right-hand half of a double-page composition; signature in the border.
Border: The painting is set in gold, green and black rulings in a gold inner frame and an outer margin painted with scenes of feasting in an outdoor setting.

Maker(s)
Artist: Attributed to Muhammad-Sharif Musawwir Border signed by Muhammad Murad Samarqandi
Historical period(s)
Uzbek period, ca. 1600
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 19.4 x 11.2 cm (7 5/8 x 4 7/16 in)
Geography
Uzbekistan, Probably Bukhara
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.304
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Detached album folio

Keywords
drinking, eating, Henri Vever collection, princess, Uzbek period (1500 - 1598), Uzbekistan, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Album folio: Seated princess; right-hand half of a double-page composition; signature in the border.
Border: The painting is set in gold, green and black rulings in a gold inner frame and an outer margin painted with scenes of feasting in an outdoor setting.

Inscription(s)

Bottom page border, on a rock: “the work of Muhammad Murad Samarqandi."

Label

The sources for some album-page compositions defy clear explanation. One such example is this image of a young woman dressed in a robe composed of interlocking figures, mostly male, and a few quadrupeds. Although cramped and crowded together, they appear far more peaceful than the fierce animals hovering around the woman's head.
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In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century, such composite designs enjoyed considerable popularity in Iran and probably carried a special talismanic meaning, no longer clear to contemporary viewers. In this instance, the woman's garment may also suggest her hallucinatory, ecstatic vision induced by wine, which has brought a faint smile to her lips.

Published References
  • unknown article. no. 4, 2012. p. 45.
  • "Le goût de l'Orient : Georges Marteau collectionneur." The taste of the East: Georges Marteau collector. Exh. cat. Paris, France. p. 111, cat. 81.
  • Oleg Grabar. Masterpieces of Islamic Art: The Decorated Page from the 8th to the 17th Century., English edition. New York. pp. 130-131, pl. 58.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 67, pp. 198-199.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 362, pp. 310-311.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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