Man Filling a Wine Cup
- Historical period(s)
- Safavid period, mid-17th century
- Ink, color wash, and gold on paper
- 11.4 x 8.0 cm
- Iran, Isfahan
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- This fine drawing on brown paper depicts a kneeling religious scholar (shaykh) holding a wine gourd in one hand and a gold cup in the other. It is framed by four lines of poetry that offer a humorous interpretation of the composition but also question the meaning of true devotion.
A shaykh who would use his tears [of repentance] for his ablutions,
Was always averse to a cup and jar [of wine].
At our gathering last evening, he created quite an uproar,
He broke our wine bottles and we his aversion to wine.
Although the composition bears the signature of Riza Abbasi, one of the most celebrated seventeenth-century Persian painters, it is probably by one of his followers. Because of Riza Abbasi's fame, many of his students added his name to their works in order to enhance their value.
Unidentified owner, Cairo, Egypt, to 1907 
From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Cairo, Egypt, from an unidentified owner in 1907 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See List of Persian Manuscripts and Miniatures, S.I. 1580, pg. 10, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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.
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- Arts of the Islamic World
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum