Page: H. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm) W. 8 3/4in. (22.2cm) Mat size: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1918
Not on view
This unfinished work depicts the meeting of a noble young horseman and an older man on foot. Although no rulings for text blocks appear on the page, it may well have been conceived as a manuscript illustration in which a princely figure enounters a humble subject who dispenses useful philosophy. After outlining the figures and foreground elements, the artist painted the gold sky and the rocky landscape. Before painting over the lightly drawn facial details, the artist altered the position of the horse's back right foot. Such an image provides a rare glimpse of the sequence from ink to paint in Persian painting.
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1918; sold to MMA]
Swietochowski, Marie, and Sussan Babaie. Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. pp. 6, 8, ill. fig. 5 (b/w).
Haidar, Navina. "Visual Splendour: Embellished Pages from the Metropolitan Museum 's Collection of Islamic and Indian Manuscripts." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). pp. 109-111, ill. fig. 5 (color).