Schiac Appas, Re di Persia (Shah cAbbas, King of Persia)
12 x 8 3/16 x 1/2 in.
From: Effigie naturali dei maggior prencipi et più valorosi capitani di questa età con l’armi loro, raccolte et con dilegentia intagliate da Giacomo Franco (Natural Likenesses of the Major Princes and Most Valorous Captains of This Age, with Their Arms, Collected and Diligently Engraved by Giacomo Franco)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1957 (57.506)
This page from Giacomo Franco’s book of contemporary rulers depicts the Persian king, Shah cAbbas I (r. 1588–1629), whose valor the Venetians greatly admired. The shah’s ambassadors received a royal welcome in Venice and assured the city’s merchants that they would always be welcome to trade in Persia.