Ulugh Beg with ladies of his harem and retainers

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Historical period(s)
Timurid period, 1425-1450
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 31.7 x 24.1 cm (12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in)
Geography
Uzbekistan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1946.26
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Painting

Keywords
court, harem, Timurid period (1378 - 1506), Uzbekistan, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1946
Jacob Acheroff, Paris, France. [1]

From 1946
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Jacob Acheroff, Paris. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Jacob Acheroff

Label

The right half of a double- page frontispiece, this remarkable painting depicts Ulugh Beg (1393-1449), a grandson of Timur (Tamerlane), the founder of the powerful Timurid dyansty of Iran and central Asia (1370-1506). An accomplished bibliophile, historian, mathematician, and above all, an astronomer, Ulugh Beg built a celebrated observatory in Samarqand. In this painting, he is shown in a ceremonial courtly setting, which often was held in the open air. While the composition conforms to the norms of Timurid pictorial style, with its emphasis on idealized figural types, two-dimensional spaces, and finely painted surfaces, the bold, saturated colors are unusal and may be a particular feature of fifteenth-century painting from Samarqand.

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

Copyright with museum