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Aliquli Jabbadar

European portrait of author Aliquli Jabbadar
Portrait of the Russian Ambassador, Prince Andrey Priklonskiy, Folio from the Davis Album - 1673
"Shah Suleiman I and his courtiers", Isfahan, 1670. Two greatly distorted Georgian inscriptions are visible above the two figures at the top left.[1]

Aliquli Jabbadar (‘Alī-qolī Jabbadār) (fl. 1666 – 1694) was an Iranian artist, one of the first to have incorporated European influences in the traditional Safavid-era miniature painting. He is known for his scenes of the Safavid courtly life, especially his careful rendition of the physical setting and of details of dress.[2]

Jabbadar's name appears on a number of miniatures dating from the 17th century, including four from the State Hermitage in Russia and four from the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in the United States. In one of the signatures, the artist refers himself to as farangi, "the Frank", a reference to his European, or more probably, to Georgian and Christian origin. Furthermore, two of his paintings bear Georgian inscriptions. He also referred himself as ghulāmzāda-i qadimi ("former slave"), beg ("lord"), naqqash-bashi ("head of mosaics") and jabbadār ("keeper of the armory"), suggesting that he was one of those ghulām, who rose to ranks at the Safavid court.[2]


  1. ^ Adamova, Adelʹ Tigranovna (2008), Mediaeval Persian painting: the evolution of an artistic vision, p. 79. Bibliotheca Persica, ISBN 1-934283-05-3.
  2. ^ a b "‘Aliquli Jabbadar", in: Bloom, Jonathan M. and Blair, Sheila S. (2009), The Grove encyclopedia of Islamic art and architecture, Volume 2, pp. 55-56. Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-530991-X.

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