Lovers’ Dalliance

Safavid Period
Date: mid-17th Century
Isfahan, Persia
Artist: attributed to Muhammad Qasim
Materials and technique: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions: 13 x 21.5 cm
Kept in Harvard Art Museum/Arthur M. Sackler Museum
Sources: [1],[2]
نقاشی اروتیک هوسرانی عشاق - دوره صفوی - موزه هنر دانشگاه هاروارد
To view a larger version, please click on the image. Safavid kings were generally patrons of art, and many influential artists lived at this period. This particular painting is a rare example of erotic art in Safavid period in which the woman is pictured in a more exposed fashion than her male lover. This work is kept in Harvard Art Museum. Not much information is known about the artist, but it is likely that this painting is the work of Muhammad Qasim. The painting is in the form of traditional Persian miniatures [3] with a touch of European influence. To me, the lovers' eye contact is rather interesting and sensual.

A Glance of Homophile Persia in Kinsey Institute

 While ago, I posted an entry about Persian paintings in Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Now, I have good quality images of two of those paintings. In order to see what these two painting are about you can read my previous post by clicking on number one. [1] This institute has few other images about history of sexuality of Persia which you can see on my other posts in here: [2], [3],[4]. Apparently, these works belong to Qajar period, but were done in a way to be sold off as Safavid work to gullible European customers. You May click on each image to see a larger version.

Painting Depicting a Couple in an Erotic Embrace in Bedchambers of Qajar Persia

Qajar period, Persia.
Date: mid-19th Century.
Materials and technique: gouache on paper, mounted on album pages, colored borders.
size: 295 x 205 mm.
Sold online on Bonhams auction.
Source: [1]
نقاشی اروتیک دوره قاجار - حراج بونامز
This artwork seems to belong to Qajar period. Love making scenes were usually veiled in the paintings of Safavid Period. Such erotic scenes were perhaps adopted by Iranian artists from Indian Kama Sutra illustrations as they became familiar with these forms when Persia started having more direct cultural interactions with Mughal Empire. 

Traditional Persian Helmet of Qajar Era

Gold and silver helmet
Qajar Period,
Iran, 19th Century
Size: 20.3 cm in diameter
Sold at Christie's auctions
Source: [1]

Embossed with four sun-like faces, with four pairs of winged figures carrying a large vase, the surface carved with floral scrolls, a silver-overlaid Nasta'liq inscription below, together with a steel helmet of typical shape, engraved with figural medallion and a band of pseudo-calligraphy 8in. (20.3cm.) diameter. 

16th Century Persian Music (Safavid Era): Ensemble Constantinople

Ensemble Constantinople, Tropen Theater, 20 March 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands.