Album page: The Garden of Heavenly Creatures

citation

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, mid-16th century
Medium
Ink, color wash, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (drawing): 27.9 × 17.3 cm (11 × 6 13/16 in)
Geography
Probably Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1950.2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Drawing
Type

Album folio

Keywords
angel, dance, garden, Iran, music, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), tree, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Mme. Maria Louise Sarre

Label

Set in a garden, the image depicts a group of angels, referred to as huris or paris in Persian, entertaining their queen by playing music, dancing, and serving food and wine. The drawing's lively mood echoes other Persian representations of outdoor banquets or bazm (a form of celebration with wine and music) ceremonies, with the exception that this fine drawing features heavenly creatures--a favorite subject matter in sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Iran and Turkey--instead of the princely figures seen in illustrations to lyrical poetry by Hafiz and Assar.

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

Copyright with museum