Album folio; A winter scene, A Sufi and courtier conversing at a shrine

Detached folio from an unidentified text; A Sufi and courtier conversing at a shrine; text: Persian in black and red nasta’liq script.
Border: The painting is set in red, blue and gold rulings mounted on paperboard with floral designs and calligraphic panels.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, mid-16th century
Medium
Opaque watercolor and ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 32.8 x 22.6 cm (12 15/16 x 8 7/8 in)
Geography
Iran, Qazvin or Tabriz
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1946.13
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
courtier, Iran, nasta'liq script, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), shrine, Sufi, Sufism, winter, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached folio from an unidentified text; A Sufi and courtier conversing at a shrine; text: Persian in black and red nasta'liq script.
Border: The painting is set in red, blue and gold rulings mounted on paperboard with floral designs and calligraphic panels.

Inscription(s)

"That one who has suffered torment in the lane of separation and who has been scorched by the love of the sun-faced ones comes to the master of love and declares his condition, but before he hears the answer from the master he dies from the severity of the weather and extreme cold."

Published References
  • Toledo Museum of Art. Special Exhibition of Persian Art. Exh. cat. Toledo, January 6-27, 1935. cat. 140.
  • Mehmet Aga-Oglu. Exhibition of Islamic Art. Exh. cat. San Francisco, CA, February 24 - March 22, 1937. cat. 64.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Exhibition of 2500 Years of Persian Art. Exh. cat. Washington, 1971. cat. 37.
  • Abolala Soudavar, Milo Cleveland Beach. Art of the Persian Court: Selections from the Art and History Trust Collection. New York. p. 97, fig. 12.
  • Richard Ettinghausen. The Exhibition of Persian Art at the Toledo Museum of Art. vol. 2 Ann Arbor. p. 138.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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