Folio from the Majma' al-tawarikh (Compendium of history) by Hafiz Abru (d.1430); recto: The Birth of Muhammad; verso: text, Wet nurse Halima and her husband, Harith, taking care of infant Muhammad

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At A Glance

  • Period

    1426 (829 A.H.)
  • Geography

    Herat, Historic Iran, present-day Afghanistan
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 42 x 32.5 cm (16 9/16 x 12 13/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Majma' al-tawarikh (Compendium of history) by Hafiz Abru; text: Persian in black and red nasta'liq script; recto: text and illustration: The Birth of the prophet Muhammad, 18 lines; verso: text: 33 lines.
    Border: The text and the painting are set in red and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.
  • Provenance

    To 1969
    Robert Lehman (1891-1969), to 1969 [1]
    From 1969
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lehman Collection, New York City, bequeathed by Robert Lehman, from 1969 [2]
    To 2005
    Sam Fogg, Ltd., London, to 2005
    From 2005
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Sam Fogg, Ltd. in 2005
    [1] According to the seller, March 8, 2005 (see Provenance Remark 1 in the object record).
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Robert Lehman (1891-1969)
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Sam Fogg, Ltd. (established 1986)
  • Origin

    Herat, Historic Iran, present-day Afghanistan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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