Folio from a Haft Awrang (Seven thrones) by Jami (d.1492); verso: Yusuf tends his flocks; verso: text


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

Manuscript folio

child, goat, Haft awrang, illumination, Iran, nasta'liq script, poems, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), shepherd, tent, woman, WWII-era provenance, Yusuf, Zulaykha

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

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


[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


This painting, immediately preceding Zulaykha's declaration of love for Yusuf and her attempts to seduce him, is one of the most sensitive and intimate illustrations in Sultan Ibrahim Mirza's manuscript. According to Jami, after Yusuf is rescued from the well, he is taken to Egypt and sold in the slave market. He enters the service of the governor of Egypt, Zulaykha's husband and works as a shepherd, tending Zulaykha's herds. In this illustration he is represented as a herdsman-an extremely elegant one, and his flaming nimbus suggests his future role as a prophet. Zulaykha, seated in a sumptuous tent, is shown as his devoted guardian. In addition, the mother and child under the tree and the proud, blue dappled mare and its skewbald foal underline the concept of nurturing and selfless devotion-one of the central requirements in the mystic's quest for divine union.

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

Copyright with museum

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