V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

The Isfahan style

When the court moved to Isfahan around 1600, the figures in Safavid art changed to reflect the influence of Riza ‘Abbasi, a leading court artist of the period. The slim, erect figures of the early Safavid period were replaced by stouter figures, often with an S-shaped posture. The felt hat with a projecting ‘baton’ also disappeared, to be replaced by looser turbans and fur hats with the brim turned up.

Museum No. T.226-1923
Purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund, Mr I Schwaiger, Selfridge & Co Ltd, Mr A F Kendrick, Mr O S Berberyan, G P & J Baker Ltd, and Mr A Benardout