Asian Art
Artist: Ali Naqi, active 1684–1702

Wryneck on a Branch

1700–1701

Ink and opaque watercolor on paper

without mounting: 5 9/16 × 4 1/8 in. (14.2 × 10.4 cm)
with mounting: 11 3/4 × 9 3/4 in. (29.8 × 24.7 cm)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
2001.138.8
This rendering of a wryneck, a type of woodpecker, bears the signature of Ali Naqi. It is one of only seven paintings signed by this artist, whose father and brother were also well-known painters.
Geography: 
Iran
Culture: 
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Period: 
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Sale Collection Sevadjian, Paris, November, 1960, lot 43; sold Vera M. MacDonald and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass., November, 1960; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2001

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