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"Dancing Dervishes", Folio from a Divan of Hafiz

Artist:
Painting attributed to Bihzad (ca. 1450–1535/36)
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1480
Geography:
present-day Afghanistan, Herat
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 6 5/16 in. (16 cm) W. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm) Page: H. 11 3/4 in. (29.9 cm) W. 7 7/16 in. (18.9 cm) Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.81.4
Not on view
This miniature from a dispersed manuscript of the poems of Hafiz depicts Sufis or mystics dancing. In the court style of Herat, the rhythm set up by the whirling of the dancers contrasts with the meditative figures encircling them. Those overcome by the movement of the dance seen in the foreground exemplify the naturalism of this period, while the scene is set against a verdant landscape resembling an earthly paradise.
[ Georges Tabbagh, New York, until 1917; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Rumi," October 15, 2007–March 5, 2008.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. p. 35, ill. fig. 11 (b/w).

Bulletin of the American Institute for Persian Art and Archaeology vol. 6, no. 1 (June 1935).

Dimand, Maurice S. Persian Miniatures. A Picture Book. Metropolitan Museum of Art Picture Books. New York, 1940. ill. figs.10, 11, (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 44, ill. fig. 23 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. Persian Miniature Paintings, Gallery of Art, (1956). pp. 22-23, ill. pl. VIII (color).

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. 41 (b/w).

Swietochowski, Marie, and Richard Ettinghausen. "Islamic Painting." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 36, no. 2 (Autumn 1978). p. 20, ill. p. 20 (b/w).

Papadopoulo, Alexandre. Islam and Muslim art. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1979. p. 450, ill. fig. 535 (b/w).

Ferrier, Ronald W., ed. The Arts of Persia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989. p. 159, ill. pl. 15 (b/w).

Kreiser, Klaus. "Uber zolibatare Bruderschaften im Bereich des Islam." In Mannerbande Mannerbunde zur Rolle des Mannes im Kulturvergleich. Vol. 1. Cologne, 1990. p. 208, ill.

Bronstein, Léo. Space in Persian Painting. New Brunswick (U.S.A.) and London (U.K.): Transaction Publishers, 1994. p. 16, ill. fig. 2.

Bahari, Ebadollah, and Annemarie Schimmel. Bihzad, Master of Persian Painting. London, New York: I.B.Tauris Publishers, 1996. pp. 94-95, ill. fig. 46 (color).

Brend, Barbara. "Illustrations to Amir Khusrau's Khamsa." In Perspectives on Persian Painting. New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. pp. 170, 184.

Barry, Mike, and Stuart Cary Welch. "et l'Enigme de Behzad de Herat (1465–1535)." In L'Art Figuratif en Islam Medieval. Paris: Flammarion, 2004. pp. 176-177, ill. p. 177 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 128, pp. 190-191, ill. p. 190 (color).



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