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ID number:  BIRBI-49.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Riza-I-Abbasi (active 1618-1634)
Title / Object name:  A seated dervish
Object type:  Portrait miniature
Culture:  Persian
Materials:  Black ink on buff paper
Measurements:  Sheet size 22 x 19.5 cm
Provenance:  In the collection of Sir Bernard Eckstein. Probably exhibited at the Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia in the 1926 exhibition of Persian Art, for which no catalogue exists; purchased at the sale of the late Sir Bernard Eckstein (1894-1949), Sotheby's, 7 Feb 1949, lot 36, for £340

On the verso is a poem in Persian calligraphy, translatable as: 'Do not be a companion with one lower than thyself, because a wise person converses with those better than himself. Do not be pressing with a person greater than thyself, for he too does not want to be in company lesser than himself.'

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed u.l.:

Notes:  Exhibited: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Museum, 1926 (260).

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