Camel and keeper

citation

Detached album folio: Camel and keeper with surrounding poetic verses, signature of Shaykh Muhammad and the date A.H. 964/1556-1557 C.E.
Border: The painting is set in red rulings with four couplets in gold nasta’liq script and two square panels in red nasta’liq inscribed at the top with the date and at the bottom with the name of Shaykh Muhammad, two illuminated frames with cartouches and quatrefoils, and an outer frame with cartouches of calligraphy in Persian black nasta’liq script.

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Maker(s)
Artist: signed by Shaykh Muhammad
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1556-57 (964 A.H.)
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (painting): 8.8 × 11.2 cm (3 7/16 × 4 7/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Mashhad
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1937.21
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Manuscript
Type

Detached album folio

Keywords
angel, camel, Iran, saddle, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1937
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York. [1]

From 1937
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Description

Detached album folio: Camel and keeper with surrounding poetic verses, signature of Shaykh Muhammad and the date A.H. 964/1556-1557 C.E.
Border: The painting is set in red rulings with four couplets in gold nasta'liq script and two square panels in red nasta'liq inscribed at the top with the date and at the bottom with the name of Shaykh Muhammad, two illuminated frames with cartouches and quatrefoils, and an outer frame with cartouches of calligraphy in Persian black nasta'liq script.

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Inscription(s)

Cartouche on the top of the page: "In the month of the year [A.H.] 964 [A.D. 1556-7]."
Cartouche on the bottom of the page: "Painted and written by Shaykh Muhammad."

Label

From the late fifteenth century on, in addition to manuscript illustrations, Persian artists created independent paintings and drawings that were gathered in albums. Consisting primarily of figural compositions, the subject matter of these works was at times inspired by direct observation, the artist's own imagination, or various poetic themes and conceits. Camel and Keeper, signed and date by Shaykh Muhammad, a celebrated sixteenth-century artist, relates to the surrounding poem, which refers to the taming of a haughty camel. The poem was also written and composed by Shaykh Muhammad.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum