Princely Hawking Party

Attributed to Mirza 'Ali Iranian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

This painting, attributed to Mirza 'Ali, is the left half of a double‑page composition (shared with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) representing a pause during a hunt. Here, a youth straddling a rock cups the chin of a bare‑chested boy whose upper arms are lined with burn marks, indicating that he is a Sufi, or follower of the mystical path, who has burned himself as a sign of his love of God.

Princely Hawking Party, Attributed to Mirza 'Ali (Iranian, active ca. 1525–75), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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