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Asian Art
Artist: Shafi’ Abbasi, Persian, active ca. 1628–74

Flower and a Butterfly

dated AH 1065–1654/55 CE

Ink on paper

sheet: 13 × 8 1/16 in. (33 × 20.5 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
Paintings of insects and flowers became popular in seventeenth-century Iran. This work, however, is not a painting but a type of etching that could be applied to paper or textiles. The inscription in the upper right corner identifies the pattern designer as the Iranian court painter Shafi ‘Abbasi, who was known for his flower paintings, demonstrating that court painters were free to work in different media.
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors

Gift of Phyllis Ackerman, 1935; Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman, Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, 6 vols. (London: Oxford University Press, 1938), 2135, vol. 3, pl. 1056C.

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