Shaikh Sancan and the Unconscious Maiden: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al–Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al–Din cAttar, ca. 1600; Safavid
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper; 7 3/8 x 4 1/2 in. (18.7 x 11.4 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1963 (63.210.22)
On the way back to Greece, Shaikh Sancan found that the Christian maiden had collapsed in the street. She then recovered consciousness. The text on the folio describes the last dialogue with Shaikh Sancan right before her last breath: she apologizes to him and bids him farewell. In this illustration, the Christian maiden addresses her last words to Shaikh Sancan as she lies in his arms and his disciples gaze in astonishment at the scene.