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Asian Art
Artist, style of: Riza Abbasi, Iranian, ca. 1565–1635

Reclining Courtier

early 17th century

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

image: 6 3/16 × 4 1/8 in. (15.7 × 10.5 cm)
framed: 19 1/4 × 14 1/4 in. (48.9 × 36.2 cm)
sheet: 13 3/8 × 8 7/16 in. (33.97 × 21.43 cm)
Gift of Mary Burns Foss
A leading painter in Isfahan in the early seventeenth century, Riza Abbasi specialized in producing single sheets showing languorous youths or amorous couples, which were meant for inclusion in albums assembled by collectors.
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)

Mary Burns Foss (Mrs. Wilson P. Foss Jr.) (1896–1987); gift in 1983 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Kishwar Rizvi, “Islamic Art at the Yale University Art Gallery,” Arts of Asia (March–April 2018): 103, fig. 20.

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