Shah Tahmasp I (1514-1576) Seated in a Landscape

c. 1575

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Shah Tahmasp I, the second ruler of Iran’s Safavid dynasty, is shown kneeling pensively on a carpet under a willow on the banks of a stream, a book at his side. The luxurious fabrics of his robe and his bolster pillow, with sprigs and cloud motifs in gold, indicate his wealth and privilege. Even the fine white cloth of his turban is edged in gold, topped by a small cluster of jewels.

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  • Title: Shah Tahmasp I (1514-1576) Seated in a Landscape
  • Date Created: c. 1575
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 30 x 21.1 cm (11 13/16 x 8 5/16 in.); Image: 14.3 x 8.9 cm (5 5/8 x 3 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust, John Huntington Collection, Acquired for the W.R. Warner Collection by L. Warner, Inre Schwaig
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1917.1078
  • Medium: opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Inscriptions: [square seal], Portrait of Tahmasp I, Shah Safavi, King of Persia (b. 1514: d. 1576). Reigned, 1524-1576. The celebrated ally and friend of the Mogul Emperor Humayun. Persian; about 1575.
  • Department: Islamic Art
  • Culture: Iran, Qazvin, Safavid period (1501-1722)
  • Credit Line: Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust
  • Collection: Islamic Art
  • Accession Number: 1917.1078

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