Page: 15 1/8 x 9 3/4 in. (38.4 x 24.8 cm)
Painting: 8 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. (22.6 x 24.8 cm)
Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
The primitive fur, the alms bowl, the flute, and the trance-like meditative state identify this figure as a dervish, or a sufi, a Muslim mystic who has renounced the material aspects of existence. The sense of abstract patterning in the fur and in the man's crossed limbs, combined with the distinctive palette featuring pink and sky blue, suggest an origin in the Deccan, possibly Bijapur. The invocation at the lower left, "Oh Prophet of the House of Hashim from thee comes help," referring to the prophet Muhammad, is in Persian.
Inscription: In Persian, above the depiction of the Sufi's bowl: "O Prophet, descendant of Hashim, from thee is (our) help" (Information present on card)