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A Dervish dance

Artist: Mirza Muhammad al-Hasani
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1613
Ink, color and gold on paper.
H x W (overall): 35.7 x 24 cm (14 1/16 x 9 7/16 in)
Iran, Isfahan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number

To 1907
Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951), Cairo, Egypt, Paris, France, and New York, NY, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original List of Persian and Indian Drawings, pg. 108, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, F1907.155, Curatorial Remark 10, Debra Diamond, February 3, 2011, in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
Dikran Garabed Kelekian (C.L. Freer source) (1868 - 1951)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
dance, dervish, Iran, percussion instrument, Safavid period (1501 - 1722)
Collection(s) Area
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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