"Preparation for a Feast", Folio from a Divan of Jami
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
late 15th century
Attributed to Iran
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Painting: H. 6 15/16 in. (17.6 cm)
W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Page: H. 11 1/8 in. (28.2 cm)
W. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952
Not on view
This painting depicts in a lively fashion the many tasks involved in the preparation of a feast. Such realistically observed details of menial activities, albeit for a grand occasion, exemplify the broadening of subject matter that evolved in the Herat school of painting in the latter part of the fifteenth century under the influence of the great painter Bihzad. Many Herat painters were found working in Bukhara in the early decades of the sixteenth century. Certain details of drawing and coloring suggest that this Herat style miniature was probably painted in Bukhara.
Dikran G. Kelekian, New York (by 1934–d. 1951; his estate, New York, 1951–52;sold to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bazm and Razm: Fight and Fight in Persian Art,", no catalogue.
Grube, Ernst J. "The Early School of Herat and its Impact on Islamic Painting of the Later 15th, the 16th and 17th Centuries." In The Classical Style in Islamic Painting. Venice: Edizioni Oriens, 1968. ill. pl. 40 (b/w).
Bahari, Ebadollah, and Annemarie Schimmel. Bihzad, Master of Persian Painting. London, New York: I.B.Tauris Publishers, 1996. pp. 92-93, ill. fig. 45 (color).