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Culture:Iranian (Persian); Isfahan city
Title:Royal Couple in a Garden Pavillion with Attendants
Date Made:1st quarter 20th century
Materials:opaque water base colors and ink on paper
Place Made:Iran (Persia)
Measurements:sheet with ruled margins: 10 9/16 x 6 13/16 in.; 26.8288 x 17.3038 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1959.178
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Roger Williams Bennett (Margaret Rand Goldthwait, class of 1921)

elaborately clothed man and woman sit under an onion domed gazebo, large tree growing near structure and other figures standing and sitting around them, mountain in distance

Label Text:
The theme of courtship set in gardens and meadows has been a Persian literary and artistic convention since early medieval period; this 20th century illustration of the genre employs many familiar features - a temporary pavilion set up in a green valley with trees, flowering bushes, and a brook - a prince offering a cup to his consort - music playing - and the cast of attendants; although painted in a revival style closely modeled after 16th century Persian miniature paintings, the artist introduces some novel motifs such as the vignette of an older man (on the left) turning his head toward the lovers at the urging of a youth; the physical separation of this vignette, the concerted gazes, and the youth's gesture appear to be a device inviting the viewer to share in the vision of this idyllic scene.

man; woman; costume; landscape; architecture; royalty

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