"Sultan Sanjar and the Old Woman", Folio 17 from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami
Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)
Sultan Muhammad Nur (ca. 1472–ca. 1536)
Painting by Shaikh Zada
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
A.H. 931/A.D. 1524–25
present-day Afghanistan, Herat
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Painting: H. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
W. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Page: H. 12 9/16 in. (31.9 cm)
W. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
This folio is from a lavishly illustrated copy of the Khamsa (Quintet) by the poet Nizami. The calligrapher of this manuscript, Sultan Muhammad Nur, is known to have worked in Herat during the reign of the Timurid ruler Sultan Husain Baiqara, along with the famous painter Bihzad. By the time this manuscript was produced, however, the city had come under Safavid control. Nevertheless, this painting exemplifies the fine drawing and jewel‑like finish of the style established within Sultan Husain’s royal workshop.
F. R. Martin, Sweden; Alexander Smith Cochran, Yonkers, NY (until 1913; gifted to MMA)
Valentiner, William Reinhold. "The Cochran Collection of Persian Manuscripts." Museum of Metropolitan Art Bulletin, old series, vol. 8 (1913). pp. 80-86.
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. 61 (b/w).
Brend, Barbara. "Illustrations to Amir Khusrau's Khamsa." In Perspectives on Persian Painting. New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. p. 190.
Artist: Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)Date: A.H. 931/A.D. 1524–25Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paperAccession: 18.104.22.168On view in:Not on view
Artist: Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)Date: dated A.H. 931/A.D. 1524–25Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paperAccession: 22.214.171.124On view in:Not on view