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Herdsman and his Flock

Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf or single work
second half of 12th century
Attributed to Egypt
Opaque watercolor on paper
4.12 in. high 5.75 in. wide (10.5 cm high 14.6 cm wide)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1976
Accession Number:
Not on view
Although the five quadrupeds attended by this bearded herdsman are difficult to identify, they most closely resemble medieval Arab and Persian renderings of boars. This suggests that the scene represents a swine-herd, most likely a Christian, and his flock.
[ Herbert N. Bier, London, until 1976; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fifty Years of Collecting Islamic Art," September 23, 2013–January 26, 2014, no catalogue.

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