"Journey of the Prophet Muhammad", Folio from the Majma al-Tavarikh (Compendium of Histories)
Hafiz-i Abru (d. 1430)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
present-day Afghanistan, Herat
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
16.87 in. high 13.00 in. wide (42.8 cm high 33 cm wide)
Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956
Not on view
This is a leaf from a dispersed manuscript entitled the Majma' al Tavarikh, produced for the Shah Rukh in Herat. Although simple in style, many of the paintings are effective in their straightforward presentation. Here the Prophet, perched atop the exaggerated hump of his dromedary, dominates the composition. His position and that of his two footmen in the foreground emphasize their importance in the scene.
[ Emile Tabbagh, Paris, by 1926]; V. Everit Macy, New York (until d. 1930, his estate sale, American ArtAssociation, New York, January 6–8, 1938, no. 442); Cora Timken Burnett, Alpine, NJ (until d.1956; bequeathed to MMA)
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. "Special Persian Exhibition," 1926.
Palm Beach, FL. The Society of the Four Arts. "Loan to the Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Fl," February 2, 1962–February 27, 1962.
Pope, Arthur Upham. "Special Persian Exhibition." Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Museum Vol. XXII, no. 107 (November 1926). pp. 245-251.