OveralL. 14 5/8 x 10 3/4in. (37.1 x 27.3cm)
Ht. of painting: 10 7/8in. (27.6cm)
W. of painting: 8 5/8in. (21.9cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund, Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen Gift, in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, and Ehsan Yarshater Gift, 1992
Not on view
Buraq, the beast on which Muhammad is said to have made his "night journey," is depicted, without a rider, as a fantastic creature with the face of a beautiful woman. The body is a composite of many small animals, fish, and birds—a convention generally popular in the eastern Islamic world. The unusually subdued palette is found in a number of paintings and album borders from Golconda, while the portrait is stylistically related to a Bijapur type.
Richard Colley, Marquis of Wellesleyand governor-general of India (until d. 1842); by descent to his granddaughter-in-law, Mrs. Colley Wellesley(until d. ca. 1941); by descent to the 7th Duke of Wellington(1947–d. 1972); [ Terence McInerney; until 1992; sold to MMA]
Bernus-Taylor, Marthe. "Musée du Louvre 23 avril–23 juillet 2001." In L'Etrange et le Merveilleux en Terres d'Islam. Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2001. p. 289, ill. fig. 191.
Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia." In Sultans of the South: Art of India's Deccan Courts. Brugge, Belgium: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. p. 66, ill. fig. 4.