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The Fabulous Creature Buraq

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
ca. 1660–80
Geography:
India, Deccan, probably Golconda
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen Gift, in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, and Ehsan Yarshater Gift, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.17
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. "Musee 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.



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