κ. Muhammad Masih

A Narcissus

Iran, early 18th century
Size: 29 x 19 cm album page: 15 x 11.5 cm painting
Gouache and gold on paper

The painter has signed in elegant gold script, specifying that it was ordered by a royal patron, presumably the Safavid Shah Sultan Husayn I.

Muhammad Masih’s known works are exclusively floral compositions, of which one, in the Museum of Fine Arts in Isfahan, is dated 1711. This composition would appear to be inspired by a painting in the St. Petersburg Album by Muhammad Zaman whose successor he was. A number of the artists of the time travelled to India where this style of flower painting originated. It has been suggested that Muhammad Masih was himself from India, and came to work at the Safavid court.