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Courtiers with a Horse and Attendant, folio from an album

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This drawing is one of several examples that take members of the Safavid court into the country, here a landscape divided into two parts by the meandering profile of a craggy brown rock. Emphasized by its deep blue color, a pool of water, or perhaps a mountain brook, is set near the center of the composition; behind it is a smaller rock, tinted pale blue as if cooled by the adjacent water. Two trees, one with birds perched in its branches, grow from the main rock; they are defined by delicate line drawing in black ink, augmented by the selective use of gray and red washes. Two men flank the pool: one, with a youthful, trim physique, can be identified as a Safavid prince or ruler. Facing him is an older, bearded, heavy-set man— most likely a guardian and instructor (lala)— who, unlike the royal figure, has a sword and dagger attached to his belt. In their hands, the prince and guardian hold thin objects that extend into the water. They are engaged in fishing.
Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Belmont MA (by 1998-2002) gift; to Harvard Art Museums 2002. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art
Title: Courtiers with a Horse and Attendant, folio from an album
Description:
This drawing is one of several examples that take members of the Safavid court into the country, here a landscape divided into two parts by the meandering profile of a craggy brown rock.
Emphasized by its deep blue color, a pool of water, or perhaps a mountain brook, is set near the center of the composition; behind it is a smaller rock, tinted pale blue as if cooled by the adjacent water.
Two trees, one with birds perched in its branches, grow from the main rock; they are defined by delicate line drawing in black ink, augmented by the selective use of gray and red washes.
Two men flank the pool: one, with a youthful, trim physique, can be identified as a Safavid prince or ruler.
Facing him is an older, bearded, heavy-set man— most likely a guardian and instructor (lala)— who, unlike the royal figure, has a sword and dagger attached to his belt.
In their hands, the prince and guardian hold thin objects that extend into the water.
They are engaged in fishing.

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