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The artist of this painting, Shaykh Abbasi (1650–1684 CE) is well known for adapting a number of intercultural motifs to his work. Drawing on both European and Indian imagery, he integrated Mughal techniques of brushwork with European landscapes and shading.

This painting is interesting, moreover, as it was placed in a border said to be from Nasir al-Din Shah Album, whose design seems to be inspired by the naturalistic depictions of flowers in the borders of the Shah Jahan Album, showing the flow of artistic imagery and techniques between dynasties and across time.

Artist: Shaykh Abbasi
Safavid Iran (Isfahan), 17th century
Ink, opaque watercolour, and gold on paper
MIA.2014.454

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