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Men Preparing Some Sort of Intoxicant in the Country

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
mid-17th century
Ink, watercolor, and opaque watercolor on paper
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) W. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952
Accession Number:
Not on view
Gatherings of dervishes preparing and partaking of intoxicants in the countryside were popular in Iran from about 1615 until the mid-17th century. At least five figures in this composition are based on earlier versions of this scene. However, the scribe and his companion at the lower left are unique to this drawing and introduce the notion of figures who witness but do not participate in the activities of the dervishes.
Dikran G. Kelekian, New York (by 1934–d. 1951; his estate, New York, 1951–52;sold to MMA)
Swietochowski, Marie, and Sussan Babaie. Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. no. 35, pp. 80-81, ill. pl. 35 (b/w).

Akbarnia, Ladan, and Francesca Leoni. "The Mystical Arts of Islam." In Light of the Sufis. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2010. no. 21, pp. 62-63, ill. p. 63 (color).

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