Ascetic in Meditation Artist, attributed to: Mu'in Musavvir (Persian, ca. 1610–1693)

17th century

Asian Art

The tiny rodent in the foreground of this painting is drinking from a blue-and-white Chinese porcelain bowl, a ceramic type that was revered and collected in Safavid Iran. The introverted ascetic’s complete lack of interest in this rare luxury item, however, suggests that he has reached a spiritual state beyond such petty concerns.

Medium

Ink and opaque watercolor on paper

Dimensions

without mounting: 4 7/16 × 2 1/2 in. (11.3 × 6.4 cm)
with mounting: 10 5/8 × 8 3/16 in. (27 × 20.8 cm)

Credit Line

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

Accession Number

2001.138.7

Geography
Period

Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Sale Collection Sevadjian, Paris, March, 1961 lot 7; sold to Vera M. MacDonald and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass., 1961; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2001
Bibliography

  • Sylvia Houghteling, Affect, Emotion, and Subjectivity in Early Modern Muslim Empires : New Studies in Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Art and Culture, ed. Kishwar Rizvi, 9 (Boston: Brill, 2018), cover ill., ill.

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Object/Work type

human figures (visual works)

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