Michael Barry, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Canticle of the Birds, the most beautiful intact Persian manuscript in the Metropolitan, was illustrated for a king in Herat in present-day Afghanistan in 1487. This talk illuminates some of the prodigiously rich mystical symbolism of the manuscript’s art—the flight and fusion of all the world's soul-birds into the radiance of the Divine Sun-Bird—in light of some of the most glorious Islamic paintings from the Persian and Indian regions in the Metropolitan's collection.
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The Concourse of the Birds (detail), folio from a Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds) ca. 1600. Painting by Habiballah of Sava (active ca. 1590–1610). Author: Farid al-Din `Attar (ca. 1142–1220) Isfahan, Iran. Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver, on paper; H. 10 in. (25.4 cm) W. 4 1/2in. (11.4cm) Page: H. 13 in. (33 cm) W. 8 3/16 in. (20.8 cm) Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Fletcher Fund, 1963 (63.210.11)
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