11.04.2006

Ascension of Mohammed

The Ascension of Mohammed on this manuscript is again influenced by Chinese art that the Mongols brought during the time of their rule over Baghdad. Mohammed's face is obscured by a thick veil, with large flames behind his head.

The image comes from the Falnama (Book of Omens) of Ja´far al-Sadiq, dates to around 1550 during the time of the Safavid Dynasty. It was made in Tabriz or Qazvin, Iran.

Watercolor on paper, with gold leaf; H: 58.9; W: 44.9 cm. Blue was not synthesised in the West until rather late, and made using ground lapis lazuli, a semi-precious stone. (Source: Freer)

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