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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.
Travelling entertainer
20th century
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold | paper
Gift of Mr. George P. Bickford for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
Persian poetry and proverbs anthology manuscript page
1767 – 1799
ink | glazed paper
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
13th century
ink, red ochre, paper | paper
Museum Purchase
Qur’an manuscript leaf in Abbasid Kufic script
701 – 900
brown ink with touches of red | natural parchment
Gift of Professor Kamer Aga-Oglu for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
Qur'an manuscript page
18th century
tempera, ink and gold | paper
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. 
Siyavush Passes Through the Fire, from the Shahnama of Firdausi
1455 – 1465
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold leaf | paper
Museum Purchase
Khusrau brought before his father Hurmuzd; from the Khamza of Nizami
1460 – 1470
ink, color, and gold | paper
Museum purchase, Acquisition Fund
A page from a Qur'an manuscript.
Qur’an manuscript page
1767 – 1799
Ink | paper
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
1795 – 1805
ink, opaque watercolor and gold | paper
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?)
1745 – 1755
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold | paper
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. 
Dipak Raga
1795 – 1805
ink, watercolor, gold | paper
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
Mohammedan Law, manuscript page
ink | egg-glazed paper
Museum Purchase


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