W.678, Single leaf from Mantiq al-tayr by Farid al-din `Attar
This Timurid leaf depicting a funeral procession is from a copy of Manṭiq al-ṭayr (The language of the birds) by the Persian Sufi poet Farīd al-Dīn ʿAṭṭār (d. 618 AH / 1221 CE). It represents a son’s lamentation at his father’s funeral. The parent manuscript was likely produced in Timurid Herat or Bukhara in the late ninth century AH / fifteenth CE. There are fewer than ten known illustrated copies of the Manṭiq al-ṭayr. In the bottom right corner is a later attribution to the famous Persian artist Bihzād (d. 942 AH / 1536-7 CE). The painting is surrounded by a biscuit-colored, gold-sprinkled border. The Walters' leaf is comparable to the same scene illustrated in the copy housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (63.210.35).
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