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Illustrated manuscript of Jami's Yusuf and Zulaykha
Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States of America
Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Dated Hegira 944 / AD 1537–1538
Ink, opaque watercolour, and gold on paper; gilded leather binding
Overall: 31.1 x 21 cm
This illustrated manuscript was copied by the renowned calligrapher Mir 'Ali al-Katib al-Sultani (c. 1476–1556). He was one of several artists working in the city of Herat (in present-day Afghanistan) when it was captured in 1529. Mir 'Ali and his colleagues were taken to Bukhara where they produced illustrated manuscripts for the Uzbek rulers. Written histories relate that Mir 'Ali was unhappy in his new environment, yet the quality of his work never declined. Purchased at auction, 1962.
"Illustrated manuscript of Jami's Yusuf and Zulaykha" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus22;1;en
MWNF Working Number: US2 01