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Prince in a Garden Courtyard

Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
1525–30
Geography:
Attributed to Iran, Tabriz
Medium:
Opaque watercolor, ink, gold, and silver on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm) W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm) Mat:: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.39.1
Not on view
This typical bazm (feast) scene is the left-hand side of a double page painting. Traditionally, the right half would have shown royal servants preparing a feast. The prince is seated on a square platform under a canopy, holding the two key symbols of Persian kingship—a wine cup and a royal handkerchief. His attendants offer him wine and fruit in gold vessels, as poetry is recited to the sound of the barbat (Persian lute) and the dayira (tambourine).
[ Tabbagh Frères, Paris and New York, until 1911; sold to MMA]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bazm and Razm: Fight and Fight in Persian Art,", no catalogue.

Katonah, NY. Katonah Museum of Art. "Islamic Insights: An Introduction to Islamic Art," March 16, 1980–May 25, 1980, no catalogue.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Perfect Page: The Art of Embellishment in Islamic Book Design," May 17, 1991–August 18, 1991, no catalogue.

Paris. Institut du Monde Arabe. "Oriental Gardens," April 18, 2016–September 25, 2016, no. 177.

Welch, Stuart Cary. A King's Book of Kings: the Shah-nameh of Shah Tahmasp. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972.

Soudavar, Abolala, and Milo C. Beach. "Selections from the Art and History Trust Collection." In Art of the Persian Courts. New York: Rizzoli, 1992.

Institut du Monde Arabe. "De l'Alhambra au Taj Mahal." In Jardins d'Orient. Paris: Editions Snoeck, 2016. no. 177, pp. 124, 208, ill. p. 124.



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