Portrait of a Kneeling Youth

Portrait of a Kneeling Youth, Isfahan Persia Early 17th Century

Portrait of a Kneeling Youth, Isfahan Persia Early 17th Century
Portrait of a Kneeling Youth, Isfahan Persia Early 17th Century
Portrait of a Kneeling Youth, Isfahan Persia Early 17th Century
MEASUREMENTS
miniature 21.8 by 15cm. leaf 32.1 by 23.4cm.
DESCRIPTION
ink heightened with gold on buff paper, uncoloured ground decorated with flowers and clouds in gold, inscription at lower left, inner borders of gold-decorated orange and blue paper, outer borders of stout buff paper decorated with gold flowers
NOTE
This is a fine drawing typical of the Isfahan school of the seventeenth century, but the face of the youth is slightly unusual, with a more rounded nose than normal and wide, almost oriental features. This facial type appears on a drawing of a reclining woman in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (12.223.3, see Swietochowski 1989, no.20).
There is a semi-legible inscription, probably an artist's signature, at the lower left which may read "Kamal al-Katib" or "Jamal al-Katib".