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Meeting of a Prince and Poet

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
mid-16th century
Geography:
Iran, Tabriz
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Page: H. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm) W. 8 3/4in. (22.2cm) Mat size: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.26.1
Not on view
This unfinished work depicts the meeting of a noble young horseman and an older man on foot. Although no rulings for text blocks appear on the page, it may well have been conceived as a manuscript illustration in which a princely figure enounters a humble subject who dispenses useful philosophy. After outlining the figures and foreground elements, the artist painted the gold sky and the rocky landscape. Before painting over the lightly drawn facial details, the artist altered the position of the horse's back right foot. Such an image provides a rare glimpse of the sequence from ink to paint in Persian painting.
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1918; sold to MMA]
Swietochowski, Marie, and Sussan Babaie. Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. pp. 6, 8, ill. fig. 5 (b/w).



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