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Bustan (Orchard) of Sa'di

Calligrapher:
Mir 'Ali al-Husaini
Author:
Sa'di (1213/19–92)
Object Name:
Illustrated manuscript
Date:
dated A.H. 929/A.D. 1522–23
Geography:
present-day Uzbekistan, Bukhara
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; leather binding
Dimensions:
11 1/2 x 7 3/4in. (29.2 x 19.7cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.134.2
Not on view
Inscription: Location: Chapter 1: "Concerning Justice, Counsel, and the Administration of Government"
Translation: Darius, King of Persia, became separated from his retinue while hunting. A herdsman came running towards him, and the king, assuming the man to be an enemy, adjusted his bow. Thereupon the herdman cried, "I am no enemy; seek not to kill me. I am he who tends the king's horses, and in this meadow I am thus engaged." Becoming again composed, the king smiled and said: "Heaved has befriended thee; otherwise would I have drawn the bowstring to my ear." "It showeth neither wise administration nor good judgment," replied the herdsmen, "when the kings knows not an enemy from a friend. Those who are greatest should know those who are least. Many times hast thou seen me in thy presence, and asked of me concerning the horses and they grazing fields. Now that I come again before thee thou takest me for an enemy. More skilled am I, O King, for I can distinguish one horse out of a hundred thousand. Tend thou they people as I, with sense and judgment, tend my horses." Ruin brings sorrow to that kingdom where the wisdom of the shepherd exceeds that of the king.
Notes: Translation by A. H. Edwards. London, Murray, 1911.

Marking: See additional card.
Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1911; sold to MMA]
Marteau, Georges, and Henri Vever. Miniatures Persanes. Paris: Bibliotheque d'Art et d'Archeologie, 1913.

Schulz, Ph. Walter. Die Persisch-Islamische Miniaturmalerei. Vol. vols. I, II. Leipzig: Hiersemann, 1914. p. 113, (mentioned).

Jackson, A. V. Williams, and A. Yohannan. Catalogue of the Collection of Persian Manuscripts, Including also some Turkish and Arabic, Presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by Alexander Smith Cochran. Columbia University Indo Iranian Series, vol. 1. New York: Columbia University Press, 1912. pp. XVII-XVIII.

Mss. Orientaux de la Biblioteque Nationale. 1914-1920. pp. 17, 18, 25, 27, ill.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. pp. 47, 72-73, ill. fig. 17, 31-32, (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. Persian Miniatures. A Picture Book. Metropolitan Museum of Art Picture Books. New York, 1940. ill. fig. 17 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. pp. 52, 82, 83, ill. figs. 27, 48-49.

Robinson, Basil William. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Persian Paintings in the Bodleain Library. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1958. p. 209.

Grube, Ernst J. "The Early School of Herat and its Impact on Islamic Painting of the Later 15th, the 16th and 17th Centuries." In The Classical Style in Islamic Painting. Venice: Edizioni Oriens, 1968. ill. pl. 46 (b/w).

Ettinghausen, Richard, ed. "Das Pferd in der Orientalischen Kunst." In Europäische Kunstzeitschrift. 1978. ill. p. 70 (color).

Swietochowski, Marie, and Richard Ettinghausen. "Islamic Painting." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 36, no. 2 (Autumn 1978). p. 24, ill. p. 24 (b/w), fol. 195.

Lutz, Albert, ed. "Orte der Sehnsucht und Inspiration." In Gärten der Welt. Zürich: Museum Rietberg, 2016. no. 33, pp. 74-75, 301, ill. pl. 75 (color), folio 80v.

Mackenzie, Colin, and Irving Finkel, ed. Asian Games The Art of Contest. New York: Asia Society, 2004. no. 22:12, p. 293, ill. (color), folio 61 v.



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