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Folio from a Khavarannama (The Book of the East) of ibn Husam al-Din

Author:
Maulana Muhammad Ibn Husam ad Din
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1476–86
Geography:
Iran, Shiraz
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
widtH. 11 1/8in. (28.2cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
55.125.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
The Khavarannama (Book of the East) chronicles the adventures of ‘Ali, cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, and champion of Shi’i believers. These stories take a legendary rather than strictly historical perspective, and include encounters with demons, dragons, and kings. Produced under the Aq Quyunlu Turkmen, this monumental manuscript originally contained 685 folios. In this scene, a guide leads a prince and his companions to a tent that is guarded by a dragon.
Marking: Page 76-77 of the manuscript.
[ Hassan Khan Monif, New York, until 1955; sold to MMA]
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Mamluk Jewelry: Influences and Echoes." Muqarnas vol. 5 (1988). p. 33, ill. fig. 9 (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. p. 100, ill. fig. 7 (b/w).



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