Photograph: David Franzen, 2004,  © DDFIA, Honolulu, Hawai'i

This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English.

Name of Object:

Illustrated manuscript of Jami's Yusuf and Zulaykha


Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

About Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawai'i

Date of Object:

Dated Hegira 944 / AD 1537–1538

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Ink, opaque watercolour, and gold on paper; gilded leather binding


Overall: 31.1 x 21 cm

Period / Dynasty:

Early Safavid


Uzbekistan, Bukhara


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.

Citation of this web page:

 "Illustrated manuscript of Jami's Yusuf and Zulaykha" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018.;EPM;us;Mus22;1;en

MWNF Working Number: US2 01


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Islamic Dynasties / Period


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