1600 to 1700

A festive gathering

Fresco dated 1600 approx. Isfahan, Chehel Sotun Palace.

A gala reception

 By Shah Abbas I for Vali-Mohammad Khan, Emir of Turkestan. Fresco dated 1611. Isfahan, Chehel Sotun Palace.

Dancing dervishes

Single-page drawing on a detached album folio. Ink on paper, dated 1620 approx. 32.4 x 22 cm. Two dancers dressed in goat skins (lower left) cavort while another pair in high, conical hats dance and gesticulate. The figures are accompanied by two drummers, a tambourine (daf) player and a piper with pan pipes. Persia, Isfahan, Safavid period.

 The weighing of the Shah Jahan for his 42nd lunar birthday

 Manuscript illumination. Gouache on paper. 1635 approx. 31.8 x 21.2 cm.

A banquet given by Shah Abbas II in honour of Nader-Mohammad Khan

Emir of Turkestan. Fresco dated 1630 approx. Isfahan, Chehel Sotun Palace.

The weighing of the Shah Jahan for his 42nd lunar birthday.

Manuscript illumination, gouache on paper, 1635 approx. 15 x 18 cm.

Portrait of a beautiful lady unveiling herself while dancing

Painted in gouache on paper, 1640 approx., 18 x 10 cm.

King Bahram and the Princess of Europe

Drawing, manuscript illumination, miniature, 1650. The pavillion of the Seven Princesses (Haft Peykar) was written on 1197 by Nezami. It relates the story of king Bahram, who had built seven pavillions, one for each Pricess of a different region of the world.

King Bahram and the Princess of the Slavs

Drawing, manuscript illumination, miniature, 1650.

King Bahram and the Princess of India

Drawing, manuscript illumination, miniature, 1650.

Reception of an embassy by Shah Abbas II

Mural painting dated 1650 approx. Ispahan, Chihil, Sutun Palace.

Female Dancer

From a Persian anthology of poetry, Manuscript illumination, 1650 approx.

Ballet presented at the court of Shah Abbas, of the Sevides dynasty

Painting, mural, fresco, color, 1650 approx.

A banquet in the time of Shah Abbas II

Musician and dancers. Mural, 1650 approx.

Engelbert Kaempfer Recreational scene of two men dancing

Single-page painting on an album folio, ink and opaque watercolour on paper, dated 1684, 21.4 x 29.9 cm. When he was in Ispahan in 1684-85 the German doctor Engelbert Kaempfer had an album compiled of his own local drawings and paintings by local artists.

A dancing girl

Portrait, painting on paper, 1685 approx., 23 x 12.7 cm. Possibly part of the Sloane, manuscript album. Made in Isfahan, Safavid Dynasty.