Persian Miniature Painting: Mashrabiyya

A Mashrabiyya is a decorative wooden screen that we commonly see in the miniature art of Khorasan.

Examples:

"A City Dweller Desecrates a Garden"
A City Dweller Desecrates a Garden
Origin: From the Haft Awrang of Jami.



"Court Scene in a Garden"
Court Scene in a Garden
Description: Signed by Abdollah-e Mozahheb and dated 1581



"A Prince Entertained"
A Prince Entertained
Notes: Attributed to Abdol'-Aziz



"Solomon and Bilqis Sit Together and Converse Frankly"
Solomon and Bilqis Sit Together and Converse Frankly
Notes: Attributed to Abdollah-e Mozahheb

At the court of Soltan, it was common to depict a little boy at the window.



"A Vision Of Angels"
"A Vision Of Angels"
Origin: From the Haft Awrang of Jami, circa 1560. Attributed here to Shaykh Muhammad.



Detail: "Execution Before a King"
Detail of Execution Before a King
Notes: Attributed to Bihzad.



"Haftvad and the Worm"
"Haftvad and the Worm"
Description: Signed "Dust Muhammad painted this," circa 1640.

Compare this Mashrabiyya by Duust Muhammad with that of Bihzad above. In this area, Duust Muhammad exceeded the skill of his teacher.



"Yusuf and the Maidens"
Yusuf and the Maidens
Origin: From the Haft Awrang of Jami circa 1560. Attributed to Shaykh Muhammad.

Detail of Yusuf and the Maidens



"Yusuf Gives a Royal Banquet"
Yusuf Gives a Royal Banquet
Origin: From the Haft Awrang of Jami, circa 1560. Attributed here to Ali Ashgar.

Description: Please note the alignment of the six pointed stars and their relationship to the heavy lines. This is clearly a very different technique than the ones attributed to Abdollah-e Mozahheb, Bihzad, or Shaykh Muhammad above.

Detail of Yusuf Gives a Royal Banquet