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ISLAM 216- book arts sample

An entertainer, shown larger in scale than everyone and everything else in the image, sits in the center of the composition. Tied to the strings he holds in his hand are two monkeys and a goat. The monkeys sit atop poles, and are entertaining the people around. The women hold bell-like objects on strings. Are these meant to be placed on the goat's neck? A white square is shown below the entertainer--probably representing a mattress. The sun's rays are shown in organe on the horizon, outlining the semi-circular brown mound framing the scene taking place in the foreground. Vegetation and greenery are shown on the left and right.
Indian
Travelling entertainer
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
6 3/8 in x 4 7/8 in (16.2 cm x 12.4 cm);6 3/8 in x 4 7/8 in (16.2 cm x 12.4 cm);19 in x 14 in (48.3 cm x 35.5 cm);9 13/16 in x 7 5/8 in (25 cm x 19.3 cm)
Gift of Mr. George P. Bickford for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection

Persian poetry and proverbs anthology manuscript page
ink on glazed paper
8 1/4 in x 5 5/8 in (20.9 cm x 14.3 cm)
Museum Purchase
Arabic calligraphic script on paper; script is in Maghribi style, written in black ink with touches of green and rec ochre. Shadows of script (from reverse or opposite page, transferred while closed?) show through. Beige paper is browned with age at edges; upper left has repaired tear.

Qur’an manuscript leaf in Maghribi script
ink, red ochre, paper on paper
10 5/8 in x 7 7/8 in (27 cm x 20 cm);10 5/8 in x 7 7/8 in (27 cm x 20 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm);10 5/8 in x 8 in (26.99 cm x 20.32 cm)
Museum Purchase

Qur’an manuscript leaf in Abbasid Kufic script
brown ink with touches of red on natural parchment
4 3/4 in x 7 1/16 in (12 cm x 18 cm)
Gift of Professor Kamer Aga-Oglu for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
Iranian
Qur'an manuscript page
tempera, ink and gold on paper
17 3/4 in. x 13 1/16 in. ( 45.1 cm x 33.2 cm )
Museum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
This Persian miniature is attributed to the Shiraz and Timurid schools, ca. 1460. The painting is done in ink, opaque watercolor and gold leaf on paper. The scene, <em>Siyavush Passes Through the Fire</em>, is part of the Shahnama of Firdausi, the Persian book of kings. 
Iranian
Siyavush Passes Through the Fire, from the Shahnama of Firdausi
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold leaf on paper
10 7/16 in. x 7 3/16 in. ( 26.5 cm x 18.2 cm )
Museum Purchase
Turkoman
Khusrau brought before his father Hurmuzd; from the Khamza of Nizami
ink, color, and gold on paper
10 5/8 in x 6 15/16 in (27 cm x 17.6 cm);19 1/4 in x 14 1/4 in (48.9 cm x 36.2 cm)
Museum purchase, Acquisition Fund
A page from a Qur'an manuscript.
Moroccan
Qur’an manuscript page
Ink on paper
13 3/16 in x 8 7/8 in (33.5 cm x 22.5 cm);13 3/16 in x 8 7/8 in (33.5 cm x 22.5 cm)
Museum Purchase
Three male entertainers in an open field, during daytime. One holds two clubs in his hands, another is upside-down on a pole, and the third holds a white disc-like object. Their clothes lie beside them. A short verse is painted above the depicted scene.
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Jaipur School
Ragamala series: Desakh Ragini 16
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
13 1/4 in x 9 5/8 in (33.7 cm x 24.4 cm);18 5/16 in x 22 1/8 in (46.51 cm x 56.2 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
Blue bodied Krishna is shown on the swing with Radha. A peacock stands above the swing frame, and two other peacocks are shown, peering out of the trees shown on the left and right. Five attendants surround the divine couple. One holds the string that, when drawn, will provide the swing its motion; three hold musical instruments, and the fifth a fly whisk. The setting is an open-air garden-like space, with lotuses in the water depicted below the human figures.
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Jaipur School
Ragamala series: Hindola Raga (folio no. 13?)
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
10 7/8 in x 7 7/8 in (27.62 cm x 20 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm);10 7/8 in x 7 7/8 in (27.62 cm x 20 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
This miniature painting is placed on a beige background within a geometric border. Text is placed within a cartouche at the top of the page and above the painting, as is typical of the Jaipur style. In the center of the painting, Krishna and Radha are seated closely together on a rectangular carpet. Three female attendants are tending to the couple to their left while another female attendant peeks behind a red curtain in the backgroud. 
Indian
Dipak Raga
ink, watercolor, and gold on paper
13 5/8 in x 9 1/2 in (34.61 cm x 24.13 cm)
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
Turkish
Mohammedan Law, manuscript page
ink on egg-glazed paper

Museum Purchase

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