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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1995.824
Title
The Prophet Muhammad and His Companions at a Feast (painting, recto; text, verso), illustrated folio from a manuscript of Siyar-i Nabi (The Life of the Prophet) by Mustafa Darir of Erzurum
Classification
Manuscripts
Work Type
manuscript folio
Date
1594-1595
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Turkey
Period
Ottoman period
Culture
Ottoman
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
18.42 x 16.76 cm (7 1/4 x 6 5/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museums
Accession Year
1995
Object Number
1995.824
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This is an illustrated folio from a copy of the Siyer-i Nebi, a work on the life of the Prophet Muhammad. It was written in Turkish by a Turkish poet (Darir of Erzurum) in Cairo for the Mamluk sultan of Egypt in 1388. Enjoyed among court circles, the Ottoman sultan Murad III (r. 1574-1595) commissioned a multi-volume imperial copy with 814 illustrations in the 1590s. It was expertly copied and illustrated by Ottoman court artists. This scene depicts the Prophet at a feast with his companions during military campaigns around the port city of Yanbu, in present-day Saudi Arabia. In the miniature following 16th century norms, the face of the Prophet is covered and the flaming halo around his body indicates his prophetic status. The artist chose contemporary Ottoman details, such as blue-and-white ceramic dishes and gilded tableware along with architectural details, to visualize the actual setting of the event that took place in 623.
Exhibition History

A Grand Legacy: Arts of the Ottoman Empire, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/09/1999 - 01/02/2000

32Q: 2550 Islamic, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/14/2015 - 11/03/2015

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