Day Of Judgment, Folio From A Manuscript Of The Falnama (Book Of Omens) Of Ja Far Al-Sadiq
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to Aqa-Mirak, Persian ( 16th century)
Day of Judgment, folio from a manuscript of the Falnama (Book of Omens) of Ja far al-Sadiq
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Judgment Day, folio from Shah Tahmasp Safavi's “Falnama”
Series/Book Title: Falnama
Work Type
manuscript folio
c. 1555
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Tabriz
Safavid period
Physical Descriptions
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
sight: 58.5 x 43.7 cm (23 1/16 x 17 3/16 in.)
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Stuart Cary Welch, Jr.
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

Label Text: Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimages, written 1991
Final Judgment
From a Fâlnâma (Book of Augury)
Attributable to Aqa Mirak
Iran, Safavid, mid-16th century
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Private Collection

Label Text: Calligraphy and the Arts of the Book, written 1993
Folio from a Falnama (Book of Divination)
Front side written in Persian, in nasta'liq script
Back side depicting the Last Judgment
Iran, Safavid, Tabriz or Qazvin, ca. 1550

This folio comes from a huge book made to be opened at random to a written page that cited an omen and predicted the outcome of the reader's intended action, and a facing page that illustrated the omen. The text side of the folio, in large-scale nasta'liq, cites the Garden of Eden, and announces that "the rose of your desires has bloomed in the garden of good fortune." It once faced an illustration of happy souls in Paradise. The illustrated side of this folio pictures Ali and the Prophet Muhammad interceding at the Last Judgment; this scene once faced a less auspicious text augury.

Label Text: Recent Acquisitions in Islamic and Indian Art, written 2000
Attributed to Aqa Mirak
Day of Judgement
Folio from a manuscript of the Falnama (Book of Omens) of Jaᶜfar al-Sadiq
Iran, Tabriz or Qazvin, Safavid period, c. 1555
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper
Gift of Stuart Cary Welch, Class of 1950

Label Text: Early Safavid Painting 1501 - 1576, written 1987
Scene of Judgement
Folio from the Falnama (The Book of Devination)
Attributed to Aqa-mirak
Persian, Safavid, Tabriz, mid-16th century
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Private Collection

Publication History

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 69

Mary McWilliams, "Welch Gift of Indian, Iranian, and Turkish Art to the Arthur M. Sackler Museum", Apollo, ed. David Ekserdjian, Apollo Magazine Limited (London, England, December 2000), vol. CLII no. 466, pp.12-14, Page 12-14/Figure 2

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions by the Harvard University Art Museums, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 2000), pp. 32-33

Exhibition History

Calligraphy and the Arts of the Book, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/25/1993 - 01/30/1994

Falnama: The Book of Omens, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, 10/24/2009 - 01/24/2010

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted