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An Album of Persian Paintings and Drawings

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This album is bound in folding or accordion format, with 20 folios, or 40 pages, containing Persian sketches and paintings. The majority of the works are rendered in black or red pigment, but a few are in full color. For the most part each page bears a single work, framed with decorative borders, but on a few pages, up to four different items have been fitted together. There are a variety of inscriptions—sometimes on the work of art and sometimes on the page backing—that name Persian artists active from the eighteenth through mid-nineteenth century, e.g., Mirza Baba (fl. 1785-1830), Muḥammad ‘Alī (son of Muhammad Zaman), Muhammad Baqir, Muhammad Hadi, Muhammad Hasan Afshar, and Muhammad Zaman (signed Ya Sahib al-Zaman) (fl. 1650-94). The album is dominated by botanical studies, but the contents also include animals and human figures. One work of art is non-Persian: a late Mughal painting of a semi-nude woman holding a lotus and enclosed in a crescent.
Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art Ezzat-Malek Soudavar Geneva Switzerland (by 2014) by descent; to her son Abolala Soudavar Houston Texas (2014) loan; to Harvard Art Museums 2015. Note: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar (1913-2014) formed this collection over a period of sixty years. She purchased the works of art on the international art market. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum Loan from A. Soudavar in memory of his mother Ezzat-Malek Soudavar
Title: An Album of Persian Paintings and Drawings
Description:
This album is bound in folding or accordion format, with 20 folios, or 40 pages, containing Persian sketches and paintings.
The majority of the works are rendered in black or red pigment, but a few are in full color.
For the most part each page bears a single work, framed with decorative borders, but on a few pages, up to four different items have been fitted together.
There are a variety of inscriptions—sometimes on the work of art and sometimes on the page backing—that name Persian artists active from the eighteenth through mid-nineteenth century, e.
g.
, Mirza Baba (fl.
1785-1830), Muḥammad ‘Alī (son of Muhammad Zaman), Muhammad Baqir, Muhammad Hadi, Muhammad Hasan Afshar, and Muhammad Zaman (signed Ya Sahib al-Zaman) (fl.
1650-94).
The album is dominated by botanical studies, but the contents also include animals and human figures.
One work of art is non-Persian: a late Mughal painting of a semi-nude woman holding a lotus and enclosed in a crescent.

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