Work Record Linked to Personal and Corporate Name Authority Record: Islamic Manuscript [Figure 15]

Work Record

Class [controlled] manuscripts • Islamic art
*Work Type [link]: illumination
*Title Two Lovers | Title Type: preferred
*Creator display Riza (Persian, ca. 1565-1635)
*Role [link]: illuminator | [link]: Riza
*Creation Date 1039 anno Hegirae (1629-1630 CE)
[controlled]: Earliest: 1629; Latest: 1630
*Subject [links to authorities] human figures • lovers • embracing
*Current Location [link] Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York, United States) | ID: 50.164
*Measurements 18.1 x 11.9 cm (7 1/8 x 4 11/16 inches)
[controlled]: Value: 18.1; Unit: cm; Type: height |
Value: 11.9; Unit: cm; Type: width
*Material and Technique tempera and gold on paper
Material [link]: tempera • paper • gold
Inscriptions signed: Riza-yi 'Abbasi; dated: A.H. 1039
Description The artist was working at the court of Shah 'Abbas the Great (reigned 1588-1629); this work shows his renowned inventive palette and
calligraphic line. The lovers are drawn as inextricably bound together, merged volumes confined within one outline.
Description Source [link] Metropolitan Museum of Art online. (accessed February 10, 2005).

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Personal and Corporate Name Authority Record

*Names Riza (preferred)
Riza 'Abbasi
Riza-yi 'Abbasi
Aqa Riza Kashani
*Display Biography Persian ca. 1565-1635
*Nationalities [controlled] Persian
*Birth Date [controlled] 1560; Death Date: 1635
*Life Roles [controlled] painter • court artist
Place of Birth [link] Kashan (Esfahan Province, Iran)
Place of Death [link] Esfahan (Esfahan Province, Iran)
Place of Activity [link] Mashhad (Khorasan, Iran)
Related People Relationship Type [controlled]: parent of
[link to related person]: Muhammad Shafi'
(Persian painter, active ca. 1628-1674)
Note Riza, son of 'Ali Asghar, was a leading artist
under the Safavid shah Abbas I (reigned 1588-1629). He
is noted primarily for portraits and genre scenes. The
various names for this artist and the attributions of
paintings in his oeuvre are somewhat uncertain, since
his signatures and contemporary documentary references
to him are ambiguous.
*Source [link] Union List of Artist Names (1988-).

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CREDIT: Two Lovers, 1629-1630/ A.H. 1039; Safavid period (1501-
1722); Riza ‘Abbasi; Iran; Tempera and gold on paper;
H. 7 1/8 in. x W. 4 11/16 in. (18.1 x 11.9 cm); The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, Purchase, Francis M. Weld Gift, 1950 (50.164);
Photograph © 1978 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.