Artist:Muhammad bin Sulayman, known as FuzuliAziz Allah al-Husayni al-Kashani
Medium: Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper; leather binding
Dates:AH 1011 / 1602-3 C.E.
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. (14 x 24.8 cm)
Accession Number: 70.143
Image: 70.143_p014_PS6.jpg,page 14
Catalogue Description: This manuscript is a copy of the sixteenth-century Hadiqat al-Su`ada (Garden of the Blessed), written in Baghdad by the Ottoman mystic Muhammad bin Sulayman, known as Fuzuli (circa 1483–1556). It is a text on the Prophet’s family and belongs to a group of illustrated devotional manuscripts executed in a provincial style in Baghdad under the patronage of the Ottoman sultan Mehmet III (r. 1595–1603). Here, the Prophet is shown veiled and seated on a pulpit, accompanied by his cousin and son-in-law, `Ali, and his grandchildren, Hasan and Husayn, all distinguished by haloes of fire. According to the Ottoman Turkish text, Muhammad is conversing with the angel Gabriel and the Angel of Death. The representation of Muhammad demonstrates that depictions of the Prophet, while not common, have long existed in the Islamic world. Works on Paper Rotation, Islamic Galleries, June 2009 Ladan Akbarnia