Asian Art
Artist: Mu’in Musavvir, Persian, ca. 1610–1693

White-Eared Bulbul Perched on a Pink Rock

ca. 1676–80

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)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
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.
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)

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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