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Culture:Iranian (Persian)
Title:Joseph Bathing in the Nile
Date Made:late 16th-early 17th century
Materials:opaque water base colors and gold on paper with gold border
Place Made:Iran (Persia); Uzbekistan
Measurements:sight: 15 3/8 x 12 7/8 in.; 39.0525 x 32.7025 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1990.2.26
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Evan M. Wilson (Leila Fosburgh, class of 1934)

river between two shores, ship with figures on it, one climbing the mast pole, figures on near shore and animals on far shore

Label Text:
This page from a Persian manuscript of "Yusuf and Zulaikha" (Joseph and Poliphar's Wife) by the poet Abd al-Rahman Jami (1414-92) depicts Joseph bathing before being presented on the slave market; inspired by the twelfth chapter of the Quran, Jami's romantic epic rendition of the story, written in 1483, was the most popular version in the Persian-speaking world; a mystic poet himself, Jami composes the dramatic life story of Joseph as an allegory of the quest of the mystic for the love of God; several illustrated copies of the manuscript were produced in Central Asia, Iran, and northern India during the 16th and early 17th centuries.

exterior; landscapes; water; boats; men; animals; vegetation; religion; Hinduism

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