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Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Image: 14.7 x 15 cm (5 13/16 x 5 7/8 in.); Overall: 32.5 x 23.2 cm (12 13/16 x 9 1/8 in.); Text area: 23 x 15.5 cm (9 1/16 x 6 1/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1962.25.a
The Iranian painting traditions of creating a conceptual space, symmetry, and decoration characterize this illustration of a scene in the life of the Shi’a Imam Ali, son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. The inscription over the door reads “the just sultan.”
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