Folio from a Haft awrang (Seven thrones) by Jami (d.1492); verso: the Aziz and Zulaykha enter the capital of Egypt and the Egyptians come out to greet them; recto: text

citation

Maker(s)
Author: Jami (died 1492)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1556-1565
School
Khurasan School
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 34.2 x 23.2 cm (13 7/16 x 9 1/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1946.12.100
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
camel, illumination, Iran, kemanche, marriage, minaret, nasta'liq script, palace, percussion instrument, poems, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), tanbur, woman, WWII-era provenance, Yusuf, Zulaykha
Provenance

To 1946
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York. [1]

From 1946
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also, Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Label

According to the poet Jami, Zulaykha's love for Yusuf is kindled by dreams of a radiant and strikingly handsome youth. Thinking that he is the governor (aziz) of Egypt, Zulaykha is delighted when her father arranges her marriage to the governor and sends her to Egypt. Upon her arrival, Zulaykha realizes with great despair that the governor is not her beloved.

The exuberant composition celebrates the arrival of Zulaykha and her large retinue at the gates of Egypt. The joyous, festive mood may well refer to the arrival of Sultan Ibrahim Mirza's royal cousin and future wife, Gawhar-Sultan Khanim, the eldest daughter of Shah Thamasb, in Mashhad in 1556.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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