Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

"A Discussion between a Mullah and an Old Man", from the Davis Album

Artist:
Painting by Muhammad Zaman (active 1649–1700)
Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
Date:
dated 1664–65
Geography:
Iran, Isfahan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Overall: Ht. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm) W. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm) Mat: Ht. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.174.2
Not on view
According to new research this painting by the late Safavid artist Muhammad Zaman depicts a comet streaking across the sky while two scholars and their Indian attendants confer by candlelight. Signed and dated 'the year 7', this work may have been executed in the seventh regnal year of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb (r. 1658–1707) and may record the first of two comets sighted in the northern hemisphere in December 1664 and April 1665. Perhaps Muhammad Zaman produced this image in India, or perhaps he painted it in Iran and reflected the eclectic taste his patron, Shah 'Abbas II, which combined European and Mughal Indian elements.
Signature: Signed by Muhammad Zaman (active 1649–1700)

Inscription: Signature in Persian in nasta‘liq script at lower right:
رقم کمینه غلام محمد زمان
The humble slave Muhammad Zaman drew it

At lower left:
فی سنه 7
In the year 7 [A.D. 1664–65]
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
Landau, Amy S. "Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts." In Pearls on a String. Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 2015. p. 247.

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. 190, pp. 5, 271-272, ill. p. 271 (color).



Related Objects

The Lovers

Artist: Painting by Riza-yi `Abbasi (ca. 1565–1635) Date: dated A.H. 1039/ A.D. 1630 Medium: Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper Accession: 50.164 On view in:Gallery 462

"The Concourse of the Birds", Folio 11r from a Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds)

Artist: Painting by Habiballah of Sava (active ca. 1590–1610) Date: ca. 1600 Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper Accession: 63.210.11 On view in:Gallery 455

Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi

Artist: Painting by Mu'in Musavvir (active ca. 1630–97) Date: 1660s Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper Accession: 1974.290.43 On view in:Gallery 462

Folio from a Mu'nis al-ahrar fi daqa'iq al-ash'ar (The Free Man's Companion to the Subtleties of Poems) of Jajarmi

Artist: Muhammad ibn Badr al-Din Jajarmi (active 1340s) Date: A.H. 741/A.D. 1340–41 Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Accession: 19.68.1 On view in:Not on view

Book of Prayers, Surat al-Yasin and Surat al-Fath

Artist: Ahmad Nairizi (active 1682–1739) Date: dated A.H. 1132/A.D. 1719–20 Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Binding: lacquer Accession: 2003.239 On view in:Gallery 462