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Bookbinding with Animals in a Landscape

Object Name:
mid-16th century
Made in India
Leather and papier-maché; painted, gilded, and lacquered
L. 10-1/4 in W. 6 in. (closed), 13 in. (open)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
49.140a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
This bookbinding is a rare example surviving from the Akbar period. Although the contents of the manuscript it covered are now dispersed, it once contained the Persian poet Jami’s retelling of the tale of Yusuf and Zulayka from the Qur’an. Depictions of predators chasing and attacking prey were painted and gilded onto a papier-mâché surface that was then lacquered to produce a durable finish. Green and gold cartouches decorate the leather doublures of the interior.
[ Rudolf Haupt, Halle/Saale, Germany, until 1906; sold toSarre]; Friedrich Sarre, Berlin (1906–d. 1945); his wife, Maria Sarre, Ascona, Switzerland, (1945–49; sold to Paul Kempner for MMA)
Theresienhöhe. "Meisterwerke Muhammedanisher Kunst," 1910.

Baltimore Museum of Art. "The History of Bookbinding 525–1950A.D.," November 12, 1957–January 12, 1958, no. 92.

Sarre, Friedrich Dr. Islamic Bookbindings. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. LTD, 1923. p. 19, ill. pls. 25-26.

Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. vol. III, pp 1921-1927, 1975-1994, ill. vol. V, pl. 968.

Walters Art Museum. "An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art November 12, 1957–January 12, 1958." In The History of Bookbinding, 525–1950 AD. Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 1957. no. 92, ill. pl. XXII right, (back cover).

Kröger, Jens. "On Mahud B. Ishaq Al-Shihabi's Manuscript." Muqarnas vol. 21 (2004). pp. 247, 248, 253, ill. fig. 11 (b/w).

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