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    Posted: 07-Feb-2006 at 05:07

Historical images of Shah Abbas-e Safavieh of Iran (info on him click HERE)

A painting by Riaz-i-Abbasi completed on January, 28, 1633, four years after Shah Abbas's death, and currently on display at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia, shows Shah Abbas passing a drink to Alam Khan after a hunting episode.

From a painting at the ceiling of the 40-Column Palace in Isfahan, depicting Shah Abbas with his distinct long Mustache and his courtiers being entertained by dancers while enjoying wine. The Safavids, in strict accordance with religion decrees had banned alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments for the general public. However, as the painting shows the ban did not apply to them.

Shah Abbas I and a page
The dedication reads May life grant all that you desire from three lips, those of your lover, the river, and the cup. Tempera and gilt; Muhammad Qasim, 1627; Louvre, Paris
Shah Abbas King of the Persians
Copper engraving by Dominicus Custos, from his Atrium heroicum Caesarum pub. 1600-1602
Shah Abbas, Mahmoud & Ayaz
Unknown artist
17th century
Reza Abbasi Museum

Jahangir's dream of embracing Shah 'Abbas

Source: Stuart Cary Welch, Imperial Mughal Painting. New York: George Braziller, 1978. Image: Plate 21, p. 80. Scan by FWP, Aug. 2001


Shah Abbas fighting war

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