"Abu'l Mihjan and Sa`d ibn Abi Wakkas Before a Ruler", Folio from a Khavarannama (The Book of the East) of ibn Husam al-Din
Maulana Muhammad Ibn Husam ad Din (Persian, died 1470)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to Iran, Shiraz
Opaque watercolor and ink on paper
15 7/16 x 10 7/8in. (39.2 x 27.6cm)
Rogers Fund, 1955
Not on view
This manuscript of the legendary exploits of 'Ali, nephew and son-in-law of the Prophet, is illustrated in a style associated with the White Sheep (Aq Qoyunlu) Turkoman dynasty ruling in the western part of Iran during the last third of the fifteenth century. Within a conventional framework, the artist of this miniature has combined a harmonious and balanced composition with sureness of drawing, crisp forms, pleasant colors and a variety of decorative patterns. The inscription over the door is a typical generalized formula which reads: 'the Sultan son of the Sultan the Victorious'.
Inscription: Over the door: "The Sultan son of the Sultan the Victorious".
[ Hassan Khan Monif, New York, until 1955; sold to MMA]
Sachau; Hermann, Ed; Ethe, ed. "Part I: The Persian Manuscripts." In Catalogue of Persian, Turkish, Hindustani, and Pushtu Manuscripts. Oxford: Bodleian Libraries, 1889. p. 455.