perizad: 'born of the fairies'
The peri represents the "idyllic tranquility of the enchanted forest" (Atil 1987, p.102), and can be seen in this instance in her familiar garb of loose-fitting robes with a leafy hat and wings, comparable to saz leaves. Attributable to Veli Can, the second master of the so-called saz style following the famous Shah Quli, the present drawing displays the taste for nim qalam drawings at the Ottoman court during the second half of the sixteenth century.
A number of Ottoman drawings of peris exist as part of albums, including one in the Topkapi Saray Museum, two pages of which are published in ibid, pp.102-103, nos.48a & b. Other examples can be found in the Musée Jaquemart-André, Paris (inv.D.261, fl. 11r) and the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington DC (see Petsopoulos1982, pp.196-7, nos.189-190 and Paris 2005, p.89, fig.36), whilst a seated peri was in the collection of Edwin Binney III (published in E. Binney III, Turkish Treasures from the Collection of Edwin Binney III, Portland, 1979, pp.76-77, no.47). A further drawing of a peri was sold in these rooms 24 April 2012, lot 263.