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"Pair of Eagles", Folio from a Manafi' al-Hayawan (On the Usefulness of Animals) of Ibn Bakhtishu'

Author:
Ibn Bakhtishu' (d. 1058)
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1300
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm) W. 6 3/16 in. (15.7 cm) Page: H. 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm) W. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm) Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (55.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (40.6 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.26.2
Not on view
This folio illustrates the impact of Chinese art on the Iranian tradition as a result of the Mongol conquest. The decorative quality basic to Persian painting still prevails, as seen in the carefully balanced composition, the large floral forms, and the conceptual approach to the rendition of the sky, hanging curtain-like at the top of the picture. The pastel coloring, the large lotus blossoms, the little Chinese cloud band, and the beginnings of an attempt at spatial depth are derived from Far Eastern art.
Inscription: اگه (sic) سي و دو روز بر خایه نشیند و از مرغان هر آنچ گران تر باشد همچنین و هر آنچ میانه تر/ بیست و دو روز و اگه (sic) بیشتر سه خایه نهد و سه بچه بر آرد و یکي را بیندازد و مرغي هست/ استخوان شکن اورا بر دارد و ... کند هرچون اگه پیر شود و ... گردد و نتواند بر .../ بچگان ادا؟ بردارند و منزل منزل مي برند و تا آفتاب بر نیاید از جاي خو[د]ش نجنبد
A.Ghouchani
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, by 1914–18; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. p. 21, ill. fig. 2 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. Persian Miniatures. A Picture Book. Metropolitan Museum of Art Picture Books. New York, 1940. ill. fig. 1 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 29, ill. fig. 14 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. Publications, 36.. Lahore: The Panjabi Adabi Academy, 1964. p. 29, ill. fig 14 (b/w).

Swietochowski, Marie, and Richard Ettinghausen. "Islamic Painting." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 36, no. 2 (Autumn 1978). p. 6, ill. p.6 (color).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 70-71, ill. fig. 51 (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. 56, pp. 89, 95, ill. p. 95 (color).



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