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Rectangular text box, with painting starting under eight lines of text, arranged into four columns. The painting shows fifteen figures viewed in cross-section inside three rooms. The focus is two figures in the upper right who sit together in a room containing an idol in a wall niche.
AKM284.13, Zulaykha Touches Yusuf’s Skirt, Front

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Zulaykha Touches Yusuf’s Skirt
Folio from the manuscript of Kulliyat (Collected Works) of Sa‘di (d. 1292)
  • Accession Number:AKM284.13
  • Place:India, Agra
  • Dimensions:41.8 x 26.2 cm
  • Date:ca. 1604
  • Materials and Technique:opaque watercolour, ink, and gold on paper
  • This is the 11th painting to appear in the Bustan, and it appears as page 172 in the manuscript. Zulaykha and Yusuf, whose love would be immortalized by more than a dozen Persian poets, are depicted sitting together in an inner room of a busy palace.


    See AKM284 for an introduction to the Kulliyat (Collected Works) of Sa'di, and other paintings from this manuscript.


    — Marika Sardar

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