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Walters Ms. W.678, Single leaf from Mantiq al-tayr by Farid al-din `Attar
Single leaf from Mantiq al-tayr by Farid al-din `Attar
Vernacular: منطق الطير
Authority name: ʻAṭṭār, Farīd al-Dīn, ca. 1230
Supplied name: Farīd al-Dīn ʿAṭṭār, d. 618 AH / 1221 CE
Name, in vernacular: فريد الدين عطار
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).
Late 9th century AH / 15th CE
Herat or Bukhara
As-written name: Bihzād
Name, in vernacular: بهزاد
Note: Inscription is a later attribution to Bihzād (d. 942 AH / 1536-7 CE)
The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.
Foliation: Not applicable
19.0 cm wide by 28.5 cm high
- Image: 19.0 cm wide by 28.5 cm high
- Title: Manṭiq al-ṭayr
- Author: ʻAṭṭār, Farīd al-Dīn, ca. 1230
- Artist: Bihzād
- Hand note: Written in nastaʿlīq script
- Decoration note: Biscuit-colored, gold-sprinkled border (trimmed)
- Title: Son’s lamentation at his father’s funeral
- Form: Illustration
- Label: In the bottom right corner is a later attribution to the famous Persian artist Bihzād (d. 942 AH / 1536-7 CE). The inscription reads ʿamal-i Bihzād … [?].
Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest
Lukens, Marie G. "The Language of the Birds: The Fifteenth-Century Miniatures." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 25, no. 9 (1967): 331-332, fig. 23.
Canby, Sheila R. The Rebellious Reformer: The Drawings and Paintings of Riza-yi Abbasi of Isfahan. (London: Azimuth, 1996), 235, fig. 30.
Bahari, Ebadollah. Bihzad: Master of Persian Painting. London: I. B. Tauris, 1996.
Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam
Catalogers: Landau, Amy; Smith, Sita
Editor: Bockrath, Diane
Conservators: Jewell, Stephanie; Quandt, Abigail
Contributors: Barrera, Christina; Emery, Doug; Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William; Simpson, Shreve; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.; Valle, Chiara
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