Ink, color wash, and gold on paper
H: 11.4 W: 8.0 cm
Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1907.2
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.