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Futuh al-Haramain (Description of the Holy Cities)

Muhi al-Din Lari
Object Name:
Illustrated manuscript
mid-16th century
Main support: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Binding: Leather
H. 8 3/8 in (21.3 cm) W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460
The text of the Futuh al‑Haramain comprises a guidebook for those performing the hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca and other places sacred to the Muslim faith. Manuscripts typically include descriptions of the rituals and prayers to be performed at each location, along with images of the shrines and other views of pilgrimage sites. The illustrations include the renovations of the holy sites ordered by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman, indicating a date for the book no earlier than the mid‑sixteenth century.
[ J. Acheroff, Paris, until 1932; sold to MMA]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 21, pp. 86-87, ill. p. 87 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, and Claire Moore, ed. "A Resource for Educators." In Art of the Islamic World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 32, ill. fig. 2.

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