"Husayn at the Bedside of the Dying Hasan", Folio from a Hadiqat al-Su'ada of Fuzuli (Garden of the Blessed)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
late 16th century
Attributed to Turkey
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
H. 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)
W. 4 3/16 in. (10.7 cm)
Purchase, Gifts in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, 1979
Not on view
This painting shows an arched room filled with numerous male and some female figures, all wearing colorful kaftans, white, black, or green turbans, and headdresses. In the center are two veiled figures distinguished by flaming halos flickering around their heads: depicted are Husain at the deathbed of his older brother Hasan— the two sons of 'Ali and important Shi'i figures.
Inscription: The inscriptions have not been translated.
[ Saeed Motamed, , Frankfurt, Germany, until 1979; sold to MMA]
"M.M.A. Notable Acquisitions 1979–80." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 37 (1979–1980). pp. 17-18, ill. p. 18 (b/w).