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After: Riza Abbasi, Iranian, ca. 1565–1635

Textile Fragment Depicting a Youth Drinking

17th century

Compound silk

15 7/8 × 4 5/8 in. (40.3 × 11.7 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1937.4777
The calligraphic rendering of a drinking youth—with his languid posture and oval face with small features—echoes a style developed by the painter Riza Abbasi (1560–1635), who worked at the Safavid court in the sixteenth century. It seems likely that the cartoon or design for this textile is the work of an artist from the same workshop, or one trained in Abbasi’s influential style. Silks with elegant figural designs, like this one, made in centers such as Yazd in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, were the most prized works produced in both imperial workshops and private ateliers. They served as diplomatic gifts, were traded as luxuries, and were used for furnishings and clothing.
Geography: 
Iran
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Period: 
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)
Classification: 
Textiles
Provenance: 

Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York, purchased in Paris through Arthur Upham Pope, 1933; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1937

Bibliography: 

Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman, Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, 6 vols. (London: Oxford University Press, 1938), 2118, vol.3, pl. 1058, fig. 696.

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