"Ottoman Army Entering a City", Folio from a Divan of Mahmud `Abd al-Baqi
Mahmud 'Abd-al Baqi (1526–1600)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
last quarter 16th century
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Page: 10 1/4 x 6 5/16 in. (26 x 16 cm)
Painting: 7 5/8 x 4 5/8 in. (19.4 x 11.8 cm)
Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1935
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460
This manuscript copy of Mahmud 'Abd al‑Baqi’s Divan (collected works) contains poems extolling the pleasures and notable events of courtly life in later sixteenth-century Istanbul. This painting illustrates the arrival of the Safavid prince Haidar Mirza, sent to the Ottoman court as a hostage to fulfill the terms of a treaty between the Ottomans and the Safavids.
Inscription: The Turkish calligraphy on the painting is translated as: "Good news for the Persians, may they be happy. Mir Haidar [a prince of 'Ali] the light of the eyes of Iran is coming."
There is a poem written in Turkish on the back of this folio that has not been translated.
George D. Pratt, New York (by 1933–d. 1935); Vera Amherst Hale Pratt, New York (life interest 1935–45)
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