Dervish Washing His Hands

Safavid Period
first half of 17th century
Follower of Riza-i- Abbasi

Object Place: Iran


Height x width: 31.2 × 19.9 cm (12 5/16 × 7 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink and watercolor on paper

Not On View




Books and manuscripts


Inscribed in Persian, at upper left: "This was finished at the start of Jumada 1041 [November 1631]. Work of the humble Riza 'Abbasi." On subjects' head and at lower left: "Work of Muhammad Riza 'Abbasi, Wednesday 11 Rajab, 1[0]10 [16 December 1601]. At lower right, "For the Sultan of the Poor, Dervish 'Abd al-Malik Astarabadi."

These inscriptions contradict one another, and the one that mentions Riza is probably false.


By 1912, Victor Goloubew (b. 1879 - d. 1945), Paris [see note 1]; 1914, sold by Goloubew through M. Meyer-Riefstahl to the MFA for $76,999.81 (total price for 14.532-700). (Accession Date: June 4, 1914)

[1] Victor Goloubew was born in Russia but lived in Paris by the time of this acquisition. He formed this collection of Persian and Indian miniature paintings and exhibited it at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1912 to 1914 (Paull, Florence Virginia. "The Goloubew Collection of Persian and Indian Paintings." Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin. Vol. XIII. No. 74. (February 1915) 1-16).

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Picture Fund