Courtier Refusing Wine From Indian Courtesans
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2011.91
Title
Courtier Refusing Wine from Indian Courtesans
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1650-1700
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on cloth, under lacquer
Dimensions
22.9 x 17.1 cm (9 x 6 3/4 in.)
mount: 27.7 x 19.6 cm (10 7/8 x 7 11/16 in.)
Provenance
[Sotheby's, London, 1 July 1969, lot 336], sold; to Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection, California (1969-2011), bequest; to Harvard Art Museums, 2011.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museums
Accession Year
2011
Object Number
2011.91
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Three elegantly dressed figures occupy the foreground of this painting under lacquer: a beardless youth in a caracul hat and two women in diaphanous head scarves. The youth refuses the offer of red wine from the nearer woman, pushing against her shoulder with his outstretched left arm, while his right hand rests on the jeweled sheath of his dagger. The two women wear Indianizing garments with gold-ground sashes. Tiny figures in the background are cut off at the top, suggesting the painting has been cut down from its original size.
Exhibition History

Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013

Verification Level

2 - Adequate. Object is adequately described but information may not be vetted