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Young Lovers Embracing

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
16th century
Iran, Qazvin
Watercolor, opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
14 5/16 x 9 1/2in. (36.4 x 24.1cm) Dimensions of decorated leaf: 8 9/16 x 5 5/8in. (21.8 x 14.3cm) Dimensions of drawing: 3 3/4 x 2 3/16in. (9.5 x 5.5cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen Gift, in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, 1990
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
This album page consists of cut‑out panels of calligraphy in nasta'liq script alternating with panels of illumination, all surrounding a drawing of an amorous couple. The delicacy with which the lovers are rendered makes for an unusually sensual image. The drawing is surrounded by lyrical and mystical verses, integrating the page into a cohesive whole.
[ Spink & Sons Ltd., London, until 1990; sold to MMA]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mohammedan Manuscripts." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, old series, vol. 9 (1914). p. 14, ill. p. 14 (b/w).

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 48, no. 2 (1989–1990). p. 14, ill. (b/w).

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