Folio from a Khavarannama (The Book of the East) of ibn Husam al-Din
Maulana Muhammad Ibn Husam ad Din (Persian, died 1470)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to Iran, Shiraz
Opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
widtH. 11 1/8in. (28.2cm)
Rogers Fund, 1955
Not on view
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]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 22, 1983–August 14, 1983.
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