Young woman with a spray of lilies

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 16th century
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (painting): 14.3 × 7.9 cm (5 5/8 × 3 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Album leaf with painting

Iran, lily, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), woman

To 1932
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1932 [1]

From 1932
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1932 [2]


[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872-1962


Beautiful young women lost in reverie were extremely popular subjects in late 16th-century Iranian painting. These women, with their idealized features and courtly garments, are visual equivalents to the aloof and unapproachable women described at length in the lyrical and mystical poetry of the time.

Published References
  • Antonio Garcia Jaen. Arte y Artistas Musulmanes. Madrid. pl. 129.
  • Jose Pijoan. Arte Islamico. vol. 12, Summa artis, historia general del arte, 1st ed. Madrid. p. 376, fig. 523.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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