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Court Scene with Dancing and Feasting

Creation date: 1920
Creation place: Iran

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Type: Ceramic Tiles
Medium and Support: Ceramic
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by The Asiatic Arts Committee of the Fine Arts Society and Mrs. Irving T. Snyder
Accession Number: 1958.33
Dimensions: 67 7/8 x 105 1/2 x 15/16 in. (172 x 268 x 2 cm)
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Syed Hossein, La Jolla, CA ( - November 30, 1958)

B. Ansari, Iran ( - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA (November 30, 1958 - )

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04/17/17 Diana Chou

Persian tile painting flourished under Shah Abbas (r. 1587–1629) of the Safavid dynasty, and the styles and colors of the figural and floral compositions developed in that era continued to be popular into the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when large-scale compositions such as this were used to decorate homes and garden pavilions.
Court scenes with dancing and feasting have been important subjects of Persian painting since the fifteenth century, especially in illustrations of literary classics, such as the Shahnama (“Book of Kings”). Historical and legendary kings from Persia's pre-Islamic past would frequently be shown enthroned amid such scenes of revelry. Here, the ruler appears to be Shah Abbas himself, with his distinguishing wiry moustache.
Last Updated: 3/6/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Southern Asian & Persian Art , 1/2/2010 - 2/1/2011

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Southern Asian and Persian Art San Diego Museum of Art , 6/24/2012 - 1/6/2013

Persian Art , 11/23/2013 - 6/8/2014

Persian Art , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Persian Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Arts of Iran The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

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