An angel, flying, with cup and wine flask

Artist: Attributed to Shah Quli
Historical period(s)
Ottoman period, mid-16th century
Ink, color wash and gold on paper
H x W: 18 x 13.5 cm (7 1/16 x 5 5/16 in)
Turkey, Probably Istanbul
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Drawing

Album leaf with drawing

angel, illumination, Ottoman period (1307 - 1922), Turkey, wine

From at least 1931-no later than 1936
E. Beghian, London, method of acquisition unknown [1]

Possibly by 1936-no later than 1937
H. Kevorkian, New York, method of acquisition unknown [2]

From 1937
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H. Kevorkian, New York [3]


[1] See Ernst Kühnel “History of Miniature Painting and Drawing” in “A Survey of Persian Art From Prehistoric Time to the Present”, ed. Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman [book] (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938), vol. III, p. 1882; and (1939); vol. V, pl. 915D. See Laurence Binyon, J.V.S. Wilkinson and Basil Grey, “Persian Miniature Painting: Including a Critical Descriptive catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House, January-March, 1931” [book] (London: Oxford University Press, 1933), p. 135 no.153, “Lent by E. Beghian”. Also, see note in TMS “Purchased from H. Kevorkian, New York; formerly in the collection of E. Beghian. For price, see Freer Gallery of Art List after 1920”. Edward Beghian (1876-1962) was a dealer in carpets and antiques, with a gallery first at 18 Dover, then 37 Berkeley Streets, London, from the years 1924-1939.

[2] See notes 1 and 3. Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962) was a dealer and collector of Islamic Art with eponymous galleries in New York and Paris.

[3] The Freer Gallery of Art paid H. Kevorkian in installments, the first on October 28, 1936, and the last on April 7, 1937, and approved on April 5, 1937. See object file for copy of invoice.

Research updated December 6, 2022

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872-1962
E. Beghian 1910?-1950?

Published References
  • Richard Ettinghausen, Ernst Kuhnel. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present. 6 vols., London and New York, 1938 - 1939. vol. 3: pp. 1815, 1882.
  • David J. Roxburgh. Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600-1600. London and New York. fig. 36.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Turkish Art of the Ottoman Period. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 4, p. 14.
  • Eric Schroeder. Persian Miniatures in the Fogg Museum of Art. Cambridge, Massachusetts. pp. 103, 105.
  • Walter B. Denny. Dating Ottoman Turkish Works in the Saz Style in Istanbul. vol. 1 Leiden. pp. 106-107, pl. 6.
  • Laurence Binyon, J.V.S. Wilkinson, Basil Gray. Persian Miniature Painting: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House, January-March 1931. Exh. cat. Oxford, January - March 1931. no. 153, p. 135.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Ottoman Art at the Freer Gallery of Art. no. 4 Istanbul, 1970-1971. pp. 192-193, pl. 9.
  • Turkish Art. Washington and New York. pp. 193 -194, fig. 89.
  • Armenag Sakisian. Turkish Miniatures. vol. 87, no. 510 London, September 1945. p. 228, 231, pl. 2B.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
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