Safavid Courtier Refusing Wine From Indian Courtesans

Safavid Period, 17th century A.D. (1650-1700)
Persia (Iran)
Materials and technique: Oil on cloth, under lacquer
Dimensions: 22.9 x 17.1 cm
Displayed in Harvard Art Museums/Arthur. M Sackler Museum. Main owner appears to be Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection.
Sources: [1], [2], [3]
نقاشی عدم پذیرش شراب توسط درباری صفوی از دست یک زن هندی - موزه هنر دانشگاه هاروارد
Three elegantly dressed figures occupy the foreground of this painting under lacquer: a beardless youth in a karacul [a type of sheep] hat and two women in diaphanous head scarves. The youth refuses the offer of red wine from the nearer woman, pushing against her shoulder with his outstretched left arm, while his right hand rests on the jeweled sheath of his dagger. The two women wear Indian garments with gold-ground sashes. Tiny figures in the background are cut off at the top, suggesting the painting has been cut down from its original size.