Folio from a Haft Awrang (Seven thrones) by Jami (d.1492); recto: the infant witness testifies to Yusuf’s innocence; verso: 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
F1946.12.120
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
child, Haft awrang, illumination, Iran, nasta'liq script, 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

Unable to seduce her beloved, Zulaykha accuses Yusuf of attacking her. When her husband, the governor of Egypt, orders Yusuf's imprisonment, a three-month-old child miraculously proclaims Yusuf's innocence and cautions against punishing him. As in the painting, Yusuf Preaches to Zulaykha's Maidens in Her Garden, this composition is set in front of a pavilion that now serves as Zulaykha's palace. As the governor is listening to the child's testimony, Yusuf is being led out of the painting. Curiously, Zulaykha seems to be nowhere in sight. It has been suggested that she may be the woman with a feathery head ornament leaning out of the upper left window.

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

Copyright with museum

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