Copy of Riza’s portrait of Master Muhammad ‘Ali, the gilder of Shiraz, mounted as an album page

DATE:
About 1620-1650
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Ink, colors, and gold on paper
CLASSIFICATION:
Detached Folio
DIMENSIONS:
Image dimensions: 10 3/8 × 6 in. (26.35 × 15.24 cm) Mat dimensions (external): 20 7/8 × 15 3/8 in. (53.02 × 39.05 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
The Keir Collection of Islamic Art
LOCATION:
Focus Gallery I, Level 1
CREDIT LINE:
The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
K.1.2014.158

General Description

Bearing Riza’s characteristic signature (“Work of the humble Riza-yi ‘Abbasi”), this portrait is one of four known copies of a presumably lost original. The second inscription explains that the sitter, Ustadh Muhammad ‘Ali, had come from India. In another version, it states that he came from Nishapur, a city in Eastern Iran. These paintings, possibly by a student of Riza’s, provide evidence of the continuous practice of copying works of art by well-known masters. Keir catalogue number III.351