Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution

Persian Miniature Painting: Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution

Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution
Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution
"A City Dweller Desecrates a Garden" from the Haft Awrang of Jami1.
Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution
Signed by Abdollah-e Mozahheb from the Sifat al-ashqin2.
The picture of the prince in "A City Dweller Desecrates a Garden" from the Haft Awrang of Jami seems to match the Prince in the Sifat al-ashqin but it raises as many questions as it answers.
Please note the branch cut mark to the right of the princes cup. Here we see the hallmark of the meticulously pruned tree. The cut has been made as close as possible to the stem in the branch axil, but outside the branch bark ridge. The tree in the Sifat al-ashqin is flush cut and lacks the distinctive star pattern of the tree in the "A City Dweller Desecrates a Garden".
Obviously the question then becomes is the star ring significant as an attribution clue?
Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution
"A City Dweller Desecrates a Garden" from the Haft Awrang of Jam
Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution
Detail "The Aziz and Zulaykha enter the Capital of Egypt and the Egyptians come out to greet them"3.
Please compare the star ring cut mark in the "A City Dweller Desecrates a Garden" and in "Aziz and Zulaykha".

I must note that I can not recall a Chinar tree the color brown we see in "The Aziz and Zulaykha enter the Capital of Egypt and the Egyptians come out to greet them". Then again I do not know that much about Chinar trees.
Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution
Detail "The Aziz and Zulaykha enter the Capital of Egypt and the Egyptians come out to greet them"
Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution
Detail - "Ustad Abdollah"4. a signed miniature by Abdollah-e Mozahheb

When I was scanning the star ring cut marks in the "Aziz and Zulaykha" miniature I was surprised to feel as though I recognized the young fellow in the tree. He bears an uncanny resemblance to the subject of Ustad Abdollah. Abdullah seems to like this sort of fur trimmed felt crowned hat.
Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution
Detail - "Ustad Abdollah"4. a signed miniature by Abdollah-e Mozahheb

When I was scanning the star ring cut marks in the "Aziz and Zulaykha" miniature I was surprised to feel as though I recognized the young fellow in the tree. He bears an uncanny resemblance to the subject of Ustad Abdollah. Abdullah seems to like this sort of fur trimmed felt crowned hat.
Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution
Detail "The flight of the Tortoise"5.
Here we see a comparison of trees in miniatures from the Haft Awrang of Jami that are both attributable to Painter D if one follows S. C. Welch 6. Both show the distinctive star ring cut marks.
Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution
Detail "A City Dweller Desecrates a Garden" from the Haft Awrang of Jami
Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution
Detail "A City Dweller Desecrates a Garden" from the Haft Awrang of Jami
Pruning Scars as a Tool in Attribution
detail "A Prince entertained". Soudavar, Abolala. Art of the Persian Court. New York: Rizzoli, 1992, page 187 plate 71c
Attributed to Abdol-Aziz.