9.17.2006

Mohammed rides Buraq on the Night Journey

Mohammed is unveiled in today's image, his features clearly visible. The title of the work might sound like an early Islamic version of the red-eye, but clearly Air Buraq did not provide goodie bags with face creams or eye masks.

The Night Journey of Muhammad on His Steed, Buraq;
Leaf from a copy of the Bustan of Sacdi, dated 1514.
Painter: Unknown; Calligrapher: Sultan Muhammad Nur
Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
Colors, ink, and gold on paper; 7.5 x 5 in. (19 x 12.7 cm)
Purchase, Louis V. Bell Fund and The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1974 (1974.294.2) Metopolitan Museum of Art

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