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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Aqa Riza (Riza ‘Abbasi), Persian (c. 1560-70 - 1635)
Nashmi the Archer
Work Type
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Isfahan
Safavid period
Physical Descriptions
Ink, color and gold on paper
image: 19 x 10 cm (7 1/2 x 3 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Signed by Riza 'Abbasi, Signed Date: 25 February 1622
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, New York, NY, (by 1960), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1960.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Detroit Institute of Arts, The Fourteenth Loan Exhibition: Mohammedan Decorate Arts, exh. cat. (Detroit, 1930)

The Emil Tabbagh Collection, auct. cat. (New York, January 3-4, 1936), lot 188, p. 97, repro.

Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman, A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present (1938), vol. III, p. 1888; vol. V, pl. 921A

Eric Schroeder, "Mrs. Rockefeller's Miniatures at the Fogg", The Connoisseur (August 1961), vol. 148, pp. 70-75, fig. 10

Ivan Stchoukine, Les peintures des manuscrits de Shah Abbas Ier à la fin des Safavis, P. Geuthner (Paris, 1964), pp. 125-126

Anthony Welch, Shah 'Abbas and the Arts of Isfahan, exh. cat., Asia Society Museum (New York, NY, 1973), page 29/figure 12

Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman, A Survey of Persian Art From Prehistoric Times to the Present, Soroush Press (Tehran, Iran, 1977), page 921

Marianna Shreve Simpson, Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1980), pp. 10, 52, 88-89, no. 32, ill.

[Reproduction only], [Exhibition opening listing with images], Harvard University Gazette, (February 1981).

Hasan Javadi, Satire in Persian Literature, Farleigh Dickinson University Press (Rutherford, 1988), Pg. 90

Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom, Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250 - 1800 (New Haven, CT, 1994), 179, fig. 223

Dr. Sheila R. Canby, The Rebellious Reformer: The Drawings and Paintings of Riza-yi Abbasi of Isfahan, Azimuth Editions Ltd. (London, England, 1996), Page 177 & 200/Figure 126

Massumeh Farhad, "Arts of the Islamic World at the Sackler", Oriental Art, Oriental Art Magazine (Singapore, 1997), vol. XLIII, no. 3, page 46/figure 10

Robert Hillenbrand, Islamic Art and Architecture, Thames & Hudson (London, England, 1999), page 245/figure 190

Oleg Grabar, Mostly Miniatures: An Introducation to Persian Painting, Princeton University Press (Princeton, 2000), p 77/fig 38

James J. Reid, Studies in Safavid Mind, Society and Culture, Mazda Publishers (Costa Mesa CA, 2000), p. 374-375, plate 4.

Giovanni Curatola and Gianroberto Scarcia, Iran L'art Persiana, Jaca (Milan, 2003), p 215, fig. 171

Yvonne Tan, "Strolling Through Isfahan: Seventeenth Century Paintings from Safavid Iran", The Asian Art Newspaper, ed. Sarah Callaghan, Sarah Callaghan (London, 2010), Vol. 13, Issue 6, p.13-14, article p. 13-14, image p. 13

Kristyna Rendlova, Portrait of Ḥakīm Shifā’ī from the Collections of the National Gallery in Prague in the Context of the Work of Riẓā-yi Abbāsī, his Workshop and Epigons, Bulletin of the National Gallery in Prague, National Gallery in Prague (Prague, 2015), vol. XXV, pp. 70-83, pp. 75-77, fig. 5

Sheila Blair, Jonathan Bloom, and Kent Severson, Waterscapes: Islamic Architecture & Art from Doris Duke's Shangri La, Newport Restoration Foundation (Newport, 2016), p. 61, ill.

Exhibition History

Arab and Persian Painting, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/10/1981 - 03/09/1981

Portraiture in Iran and India, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/09/1983 - 02/01/1984

The Ottomans and their Contemporaries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/21/1992 - 05/17/1992

Sewn Together With Peace of Mind, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/29/1997 - 06/08/1997

Re-View: S231 (Islamic rotation: 4) Strolling Through Isfahan: Seventeenth-Century Paintings From Safavid Iran, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 01/08/2010 - 06/13/2010

32Q: 2550 Islamic, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/02/2016 - 04/26/2017

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu