Nashmi the Archer

The painting is based on Riza Abbasi’s painting, dated 1622 in the Harvard University Art Museum (1960.197)

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Artist: Mu'in Musavvir (active ca. 1635-1690)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1670s
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 30.7 x 20.6 cm (12 1/16 x 8 1/8 in)
Iran, Isfahan
Credit Line
Bequest of Adrienne Minassian
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


archery, bow, Iran, portrait, Safavid period (1501 - 1722)
Provenance research underway.

The painting is based on Riza Abbasi's painting, dated 1622 in the Harvard University Art Museum (1960.197)


In the likeness of Nashmi the archer and...[which] my late master, Riza Abbasi, had created on the date of 1039 (1629) during the reign of the world protecting shah, Shah Safi; painted by the lowly servant on the date of....Mu'in Musavvir.

Published References
  • Massumeh Farhad. Arts of the Islamic World at the Sackler. vol. 43, no.3 Washington. p. 46, fig. 9.
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. p. 141, fig. 3.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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