Flower and a Butterfly Artist: Shafi' Abbasi (Persian, active ca. 1628–74)

dated AH 1065–1654/55 CE

Asian Art

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.


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sheet: 13 × 8 1/16 in. (33 × 20.5 cm)

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Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore

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Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)


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

  • Carol Bier, ed., Woven from the Soul, Spun from the Heart: Textile Arts of Safavid and Qajar Iran, 16th–19th Centuries (Washington D.C.: Textile Museum, George Washington University, 1987), 174.
  • 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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