White-Eared Bulbul Perched on a Pink Rock Artist: Mu'in Musavvir (Persian, ca. 1610–1693)

ca. 1676–80

Asian Art

Like his teacher Riza Abbasi, Mu’in Musavvir worked for both the court and private individuals. He was one of the most prolific artists of the late seventeenth century and one of the few who frequently signed his works; the signature at the lower left shows his typical awkward calligraphy.


Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper


without mounting: 7 11/16 × 4 5/16 in. (19.5 × 10.9 cm)
with mounting: 14 1/4 × 9 15/16 in. (36.2 × 25.3 cm)

Credit Line

The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald

Accession Number



Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)


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Sale Collection Sevadjian, Paris, November, 1960, lot 46; sold to Vera M. MacDonald and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass., tNovember, 1960; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2001
  • Kishwar Rizvi, "Islamic Art at the Yale University Art Gallery," Arts of Asia (March–April 2018), 103, fig. 19
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Object/Work type

animal art


bird rock


signature of Mu'in Musavvir

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