Description & Technical information

A large Safavid period (c.1501–1736) bridge on the right supports a group of men on horseback. They are galloping towards the entrance of a large building, known as caravanserai, which were roadside inns where travelers rested and recuperated. The building has circular towers. There are only a few caravanserais with circular buttresses in Iran, the most famous is the Zein-o-Din in Yazd, which was built during the reign of Shah Abbas I. Texier has painted two groups of men in conversation across the valley in front of the building. Lemaitre’s corresponding engraving, entitled ‘keravan-serai’, depicts the same building and bridge, along with the groups of men (Texier, pl. 89).

Date:  19th century
Period:  19th century, 1750-1850, 1850-1900
Origin:  Iran
Medium: ​Watercolour on paper
Dimensions: 18 x 27 cm (7¹/₈ x 10⁵/₈ inches)
Provenance: Private European Collection

Literature: ​​​​​​​Texier, C. L’Arménie, la Perse et la Mésopotamie, Paris, 1842, Vol 1-2.

Categories: Oriental and Asian Art, Paintings, Drawings & Prints