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Portrait of nobleman with a falcon

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Two lines of text: Cugan-i-kam dar kaf va guyi na-mizani/ Bazi cunin ba dast va shukari na-mikuni: "The club of desire in the hand, and you do not strike the ball!/Such a falcon in the hand, and you do not hunt!."


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) NOTES: [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

Indian, Mughal, Mughal period, about 1610

Object Place

Northern India


15.5 x 8 cm (6 1/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper