Prince and Lady under Flowering Branch

Page from an album made for Prince Bahram Mirza

Recto early 16th century; verso about 1420–40; mounted in album about 1544–45

Object Place: probably Herat, Iran or Central Asia


Overall: 44.2 x 30 cm (17 3/8 x 11 13/16 in.) Image (Recto): 31.4 x 22 cm (12 3/8 x 8 11/16 in.) Image (Verso): 35.3 x 21.8 cm (13 7/8 x 8 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Recto: ink, color, and gold on paper Verso: ink, color, and gold on silk, with paper borders

Not On View




Books and manuscripts

Album page from 1544–55 album made for Prince Bahram Mirza (1517–1549). On the recto are verses of Persian poetry by calligrapher Sultan Muhammad Nur (d. 1533-4) and three contemporary illuminators. On the verso is mounted a fifteenth-century painting on silk, depicting a prince and his consort seated on a rug, flanked by male servant and female musician. Above the human group, in much larger scale, a blue bird on a flowering branch, painted in Chinese style, peers downwards.


Inscribed in Persian on back of reverse: "work of the Masters of Cathay [China]"
Calligraphic and illuminated specimens on obverse by Sultan Muhammad Nur, Hashim Mudhahhib, Mahmud al-Mudhahhib and Mawlana Yari al-Mudhahhib.


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