Exhibitions/ Art Object

The Archangel Israfil

late 14th–early 15th century
Made in Egypt or Syria
Opaque watercolor and ink on paper
15 3/8 × 9 5/8 in. (39.1 × 24.4 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum
Not on view
In Islamic belief, as in Christianity, archangels will play a key role in the Last Judgment. Heralding the Day of Resurrection, the angel Israfil blows his trumpet, calling all creatures to assemble in Jerusalem. The celestial being is named not in the Qur’an but in hadith, or the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, and scholars specify that he sounds his call from the sacred Rock. He is discussed along with Gabriel, whose entry begins on this folio, and other angels in this cosmographic study of both the divine and material aspects of the world.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven," September 26, 2016–January 8, 2017.