ABU’L-MAʿṢŪM MĪRZĀ, painter, portraitist, draftsman, engraver, and expert in artistic bookbinding and restoring who was extolled by the historian Qāżī Aḥmad. He is not mentioned by any other authors. Nothing is known of his works. On his mother’s side he was related to Shah Moḥammad Ḵodābanda (985-95/1578-86). He is said to have died in 1005/1596 and to be buried near the shrine of Qom.


I. Stchoukine, Les peintures des manuscrits Safavis, Paris, 1959, pp. 20, 28.

Qāżī Aḥmad, tr., pp. 190-91.

A. Welch, Artists for the Shah, New Haven and London, 1976, pp. 169-70, 178, 190.

(D. Duda)

Originally Published: December 15, 1983

Last Updated: July 21, 2011

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D. Duda, “ABU’L-MAʿṢŪM MĪRZĀ,” Encyclopædia Iranica, I/4, p. 340; an updated version is available online at http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/abul-masum-mirza-painter (accessed on 31 January 2014).