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Signed by Muhammad Haravi  Search this
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 34.1 x 24 cm (13 7/16 x 9 7/16 in)
mid-16th century
Safavid period
From at least 1931-no later than 1937
E. Beghian, London, method of acquisition unknown [1]
By 1937
H. Kevorkian, New York, method of acquisition unknown [2]
From 1937
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H. Kevorkian, New York [3]
[1] See Ernst Kühnel “History of Miniature Painting and Drawing” in “A Survey of Persian Art From Prehistoric Time to the Present”, ed. Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman [book] (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938), vol. III, p. 1884: “formerly in the possession of Beghian and now in the Freer Gallery of Art”. See also Laurence Binyon, J.V.S. Wilkinson and Basil Grey, “Persian Miniature Painting: Including a Critical Descriptive catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House, January-March 1931” [book] (London: Oxford University Press, 1933), p. 133, no. 144, “Lent by E. Beghian”. Edward Beghian (1876-1962) was a dealer in carpets and antiques, with a gallery first at 18 Dover, then 37 Berkeley Streets, London, from the years 1924-1939.
[2] Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962) was a dealer and collector of Islamic Art with eponymous galleries in New York and Paris. See note 2.
[3] The Freer Gallery of Art paid H. Kevorkian in installments, the first on October 28, 1936, and the last on April 7, 1937, and approved on April 5, 1937. See object file for copy of invoice.
Research updated December 6, 2022
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Engaging the Senses (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
Near Eastern Ceramics (May 14, 1981 to May 10, 1985)
Art of the Court of Shah Tahmasp (December 16, 1979 to August 14, 1980)
The Brush of the Masters: Drawings from Iran (October 14, 1978 to May 30, 1979)
Art of the Near East (August 21, 1977 to December 14, 1979)
Near Eastern Art (June 15, 1973 to May 7, 1975)
2500 Years of Persian Art—Paintings, Pottery (February 10, 1972 to June 15, 1973)
Near Eastern Art—Paintings, Pottery (August 18, 1967 to February 10, 1972)
Near Eastern Art (June 5, 1964 to August 18, 1967)
Persian Art (January 1, 1963 to September 3, 1963)
Special Exhibition Afghanistan (September 3, 1963 to June 5, 1964)
Glass Exhibition, in honor of VI International Congress on Glass (July 4, 1962 to December 3, 1962)
Special Exhibition (February 9, 1954 to April 20, 1954)
Untitled Exhibition, Islamic Arts, 1947 (October 6, 1947 to February 25, 1956)
Untitled Exhibition, Islamic Paintings (May 1, 1945 to September 25, 1947)
Untitled Exhibition, Persian Paintings and Ceramics (May 5, 1933 to January 9, 1945)
Previous custodian or owner:
Edward Beghian (1876-1962)
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962)
portrait  Search this
Safavid period (1501 - 1722)  Search this
illumination  Search this
Iran  Search this
prince  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery