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Rose and Nightingale (gul-u-bul-bul) Drawing

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Iran, possibly Shiraz
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink and watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
H. 21 7/16 in. (54.5 cm) W. 16 15/16 in. (43 cm) Mat: H. 25 1/2 (64.8 cm) W.19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen Gift, in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.98
  • Description

    In this drawing, a rich assemblage of birds gathers in the branches of a blossoming tree, and a pair of partridges stand on the mound of earth below. The drawing is executed in an exacting pointillist technique in shades of gray. The gul-o-bulbul, or rose-and-nightingale, motif was employed in both Persian literature and painting. In poetry, it symbolized the lover and the beloved entwined in either an earthly or divine union. The motif appeared on all types of objects and album folios, and became especially popular among European collectors.

  • Provenance

    Haj Mehdi Kashani, Iran; [ Massoud Nader, New York, until 1993; sold to MMA]

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