One youth has casually tied his jacket over his shoulder. The garment appears to have been cut from gold-brocaded silk, similar to the examples on view. Embellished with different floral designs, the coats are trimmed in fur imported from Russia, further enhancing their sumptuousness. According to eyewitness accounts, only the wealthiest Safavids could afford such luxury.
Portrait of a Youth
Iran, Isfahan, Safavid period, ca. 1630–40
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Purchase—Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery