Folio from a Haft Awrang (Seven thrones) by Jami (d.1492); verso: Yusuf preaches to Zulaykha’s maidens in her garden; recto: text

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Maker(s)
Author: Jami (died 1492)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1556-1565
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
F1946.12.114
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
garden, Haft awrang, illumination, Iran, nasta'liq script, pavilion, poems, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), 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

When Zulaykha's efforts to seduce Yusuf on her own fail, she lures him into a garden where he is to be entertained by a group of beautiful women. Hoping that Yusuf would desire at least one of them, Zulaykha plans to change places with the chosen one and finally win him. Instead of yielding to the women's charms, however, Yusuf spends the night preaching to them about divine wisdom. In the illustration, the incident takes place in front of a large garden pavilion not mentioned in the text. Zulaykha, visible in the upper right window, watches the nocturnal scene below with great interest.

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Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
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