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Asian Art

Dervish

17th century

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

without mounting: 3 15/16 × 1 3/4 in. (10 × 4.5 cm)
sheet: 14 15/16 × 9 7/16 in. (38 × 24 cm)
framed: 19 1/4 × 14 1/4 in. (48.9 × 36.2 cm)
Gift of Mary Burns Foss
1983.94.17
Dervishes are adherents to a mystical tradition within Islam known as Sufism, though they are distinguished from other Sufi practitioners by their whirling religious dances. The gold buttons and lapis lazuli details on the figure’s clothing belie the asceticism at the heart of Sufism.
Culture: 
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Period: 
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Foss # 178 Mary Burns Foss (Mrs. Wilson P. Foss Jr.) (1896–1987); gift in 1983 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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