"Three Men Before a Castle", Folio from a Khavarannama (The Book of the East) of ibn Husam al-Din
Maulana Muhammad Ibn Husam ad Din
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
15 11/16 x 11 3/8in. (39.8 x 28.9cm)
Rogers Fund, 1955
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
The fifteenth‑century author Maulana Muhammad ibn Husam al‑Din, known as Ibn Husam, wrote the Khavarannama in emulation of the great poet Firdausi’s national Persian epic, the Shahnama. Ibn Husam, however, centers his stories on the Shi'i imam 'Ali, son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. This folio depicts an imaginary meeting between the poet Firdausi and the author of the Khavarannama, Ibn Husam
Inscription: Page of Khavaran-nama in nasta’liq script. The Persian poem on this page regarding :n
The start of is missing but according to the poem, the author of Khavaran-nama Ibn Husam Khusifi saw Ferdowsi in a dream in a garden with a stick in hand as he congratulated Ferdowsi for composing the Shahnama and ….
Marking: Pages 242-243 of the manuscript
[ Hassan Khan Monif, New York, until 1955; sold to MMA]
Sachau; Hermann, Ed; Ethe, ed. Catalogue of Persian, Turkish, Hindustani, and Pushtu Manuscripts. Oxford: Bodleian Libraries, 1889. p. 455.
Swietochowski, Marie, and Richard Ettinghausen. "Islamic Painting." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 36, no. 2 (Autumn 1978). p. 20, ill. p. 20 (b/w).
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 125A, pp. 185-186, ill. p. 186 (color).