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Two Illustrations from a Manuscript of Gulistan by Sadi
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Two Illustrations from a Manuscript of Gulistan by Sadi

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Description These 2 illustrations from Walters W.668 have been removed from a Mughal manuscript of Gulistan by Sa'di (ca. 1018 AH/AD 1610). Both are from the opening chapter, entitled The conduct of kings. The lower register depicts a king who had given a large sum of money to a beggar, who squandered it and then returned for more. At first, the king refused the beggar additional money, but his minister advised him to allot the poor man an allowance in installments so that he would not squander it. This anecdote is meant to illustrate that one should not render someone hopeful by an act of unbounded kindness and then dash his or her hopes. The upper register depicts a prince visiting holy men in the wilderness.
  • The Grand Mogul: Imperial Painting in India, 1600-1900. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston; Asia House Gallery, New York. 1978-1979.
  • The Royal Style. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance 'Abduh Khudadad, 1189 AH/AD 1775 [mode of acquisition unknown] [seal impression: 'Abduh Khudadad, 1189 AH/AD 1775 on fol. 58a]; Farhad, 1234 AH/AD 1800 [mode of acquisition unknown] [seal impression: Farhad, 1234 AH/AD 1800 on a number of folios]; Muhammad al-Hasani [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [seal impression: Muhammad al-Hasani on fol. 28a]; Fath 'Ali [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [seal impression: Fath 'Ali on fol. 82b]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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late 10th century AH/AD 16th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal; Safavid; Qajar)
ink and paint on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 11 5/8 x W: 7 1/2 in. (29.5 x 19 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
  • India (Place of Origin)
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