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Majnun in the Wilderness

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
second half 16th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran
Medium:
Ink, transparent watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm) W. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1935
Accession Number:
45.174.6
Not on view
This drawing depicts Majnun in the desert chucking a fawn under the chin. The Arab boy Qais earned the name Majnun, meaning 'mad one', because he fell in love with Laila and his unrequited desire drove him crazy. Eventually he left his tribe and went to live in the desert, where he befriended the animals. This drawing was probably not intended as a manuscript illustration, but would have been placed in an album.
George D. Pratt, New York (by 1933–d. 1935); Vera Amherst Hale Pratt, New York (life interest 1935–45)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Persian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 13, 1989–December 31, 1989, no. 11.

Swietochowski, Marie, and Sussan Babaie. Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. no. 11, pp. 32-33, ill. pl. 11 (b/w).



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