French 1900 Century Schoolgirl in Ottoman Costume

French School of the century, Elegant Young Woman in Ottoman Costume, oil on canvas mounted on panel, 190 x 61 cm.

ca. 1730. Mughal miniature from Nizami’s famous romance about Khusraw and Shirin written in Iran in the 12th C. Painted in Hyderabad, a state that was created in the Deccan india when the Mughal Empire had begun to disintegrate. The man is in persian garb while the woman wears Indian attire.

“Khusraw Beholding Shirin Bathing” India, Deccan, Hyderabad (c. via The David Collection

Shah Abbas I and his Page "May life bring you all you desire of three lips: the lip of your lover, the lip of the stream, and the lip of the cup." dated Friday, February 10, 1627, and signed by the artist Muhammad Qasim Musavvir. The reformer king ascended the throne in 1588, won victories over the Ottomans and the Uzbeks, established diplomatic relations with the European powers, and adopted Isfahan as his capital in 1598. He wears a cap as a souvenir of his campaigns in the Caucasus.

Shah Abbas of Persia and Wine Boy by Muhammad Qasim Musavvir Subject of the painting echoed through a Persian couplet: "May life bring you all you desire of three lips: the lip of your lover, the lip of the stream, and the lip of the cup.

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