"The Great Abu Sa'ud Teaching Law", Folio from a Divan of Mahmud `Abd-al Baqi

Poet: Mahmud 'Abd-al Baqi (1526–1600)

Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript

Date: mid-16th century

Geography: Attributed to Iraq, Baghdad

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
W. 6 in. (15.2 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Gift of George D. Pratt, 1925

Accession Number: 25.83.9


Mahmud 'Abd al-Baqi (1526/27–1600) was a Turkish judge and poet whose most important work is his Divan, or collection of poetical works, which reflects the pleasures of courtly life in Istanbul in the sixteenth century. This is a page from one of the four known illustrated copies of this manuscript. It shows the Shaikh al-Islam (chief theologian) of that time, Abu al-Sa'ud (1490–1574), engaged in discussions with other theologians, and accompanies a qasida, or laudatory poem, about him.