Bustan (Orchard) of Sa'di, Sa'di (1213/19–92), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; leather

Bustan (Orchard) of Sa'di

Sa'di (1213/19–92)
Object Name:
Illustrated manuscript
1529 or later
Attributed to Iran, Tabriz
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; leather
10.87 in. high 6.62 in. wide (27.6 cm high 16.8 cm wide)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, Rogers Fund and Ehsan Yarshater Gift, 1986
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Definition: Persian
Location: Colophon
Style: Nasta'liq
Transliteration: Bida'at nayawurdam illa umid Khudaya zi 'afw-am makun naumid Katabahn al'abd Muhammad Harawi mashhur bi Sirri fi sanat sitta wa-thalathin wa-tis'oni'a
Translation by Wheeler Thackston, 3 April, 1987: I have brought no goods except hope: O God, make me not to despair of thy forgiveness. Written by Muhammad Harawi, known as Sirri in the year 936

Marking: See additional card.
Sotheby's, London (British), May 22-23, 1986, no. 388, to Ahuan; [ Ahuan Islamic Art, London, 1986; sold to MMA]
"May 22–23, 1986." In Fine Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. London: Sotheby's, London, 1986. no. 388, pp. 198-199, ill. p. 198 (color), folio 104b.

Welch, Stuart Carey. "Islamic Art; A Safavid Pierced Steel Plaque." Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1986–1987; The Metropolitan Museum of Art vol. 44 (1986–1987). p. 8, ill. (color).