Futuh al-Haramayn (Description of the Holy Cities)
Muhi al-Din Lari
dated A.H. 1089/ A.D. 1678
India, Deccan, Kharepatan
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Text block: 5 15/16 x 3 in. (15.1 x 7.6 cm)
Entire page: 7 3/8 x 4 5/16 in. (18.8 x 11 cm)
Purchase, funds from various donors, Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen Gift, in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, and Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 2008
Not on view
This is a luxury copy of a well-known Persian guide to the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina, which instructs Muslim pilgrims on the rituals of the hajj and lists the religious sites they can visit. Illustrated with a bright palette and an inventiveness characteristic of the Deccan, Mecca and Medina have never appeared more lush and fantastic.
Inscription: Futuh al-Haramayn manuscript describing and showing the holy sites Mecca and Medina.
On one page there is a date which is outside of the text border in Persian:
تحریر یافت بتاریخ محمرم الحرام سنة 1089 روز چهارشنبه
Written at the date [of the month] Muharram al-Haram of the year 1089/ March 1678 at the day Wednesday.
[ art dealer, Germany; sold to Shyam]; [ Fakhru Shyam, London, until 2000; sold to Fogg]; [ Sam Fogg, London, 2000–2008; sold to MMA]
Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "Opulence and Fantasy." In Sultans of Deccan India 1500–1700. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. no. 70, pp. 152-153, ill. pls. 70a, 70b.