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"Interior Reception", Folio from a Bustan of Sa`di

Painted by Shaikh Zada
Sa'di (1213/19–92)
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
ca. 1525–35
present-day Uzbekistan, probably Bukhara
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Painting: H. 8 3/4 in. (22.3 cm) W. 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm) Page: H. 11 in. (27.9 cm) W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm) Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Louis V. Bell Fund and The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1974
Accession Number:
Not on view
The Bustan of Sa’di, completed in 1257, combines moral advice with illustrative anecdotes. The manuscript to which this painting belongs was likely copied in Herat, but it was illustrated for an Uzbek patron several years later, probably in Bukhara in the 1530s. The Bukharan school of painting, which was influenced by the Herat style, is characterized by a bright palette and the use of a black ground to set off fine arabesque designs. This scene of an interior reception, with its intricately patterned textiles and tiles and fine metal objects and weaponry, provides a glimpse into the types of luxury goods found in the early sixteenth century.
[ Nasli M. Heeramaneck (Indian, 1902–1971), New York, until 1937; sold to Kahn family]; Kahn family, by descent (1937–74; sold to MMA by Dr. E.A. Kahn on behalf ofhis daughter, Mrs. Barbara Potter, Germany)
Aga-Oglu, Mehmet. "M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, February 24 to March 22, 1937." In Exhibition of Islamic Art. San Francisco, 1937. no. 3, p. 23.

Soudavar, Abolala, and Milo C. Beach. "Selections from the Art and History Trust Collection." In Art of the Persian Courts. New York: Rizzoli, 1992. p. 193, ill. p. 193 (color), For detailed information on Shaikh Zada and works attributable to him see pp. 189-197, 205.

Bahari, Ebadollah, and Annemarie Schimmel. Bihzad, Master of Persian Painting. London, New York: I.B.Tauris Publishers, 1996. pp. 195-196, ill. fig. 107 (color).

Alexander, David G., and Stuart W. Pyhrr. "in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Islamic Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. p. 201, ill. fig. 31 (color).

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