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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)
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

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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