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The dream of Zulaykha

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December 31, 1669
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Mirza Firuz Shah
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Aurangzeb 1658–1707

The dream of Zulaykha

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Islamic texts, as in the Hebrew and Christian Old Testament traditions, Zulaykha is the unnamed wife of Potiphar, a wealthy Egyptian. This scene is from a popular Persian poem that recounts the story of Joseph and Zulaykha as a mystical romance, and describes her visionary dreams of a beautiful lover. In this painting we see the luxuriously dressed Zulaykha asleep on a terrace, reclining on ornate pillows as a vision of her love, Joseph, appears before her. He is illuminated by radiant light cast down by angels emerging from the dark night clouds. Opaque watercolor with gold on paper, pink and blue borders decorated with gold foliate motifs, text on verso Page: 32 x 24.4 cm (12 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.) Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 2013.332 Collection: Indian Art - Mughal Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art Type of artwork: Painting Medium: Opaque watercolor with gold on paper, pink and blue borders decorated with gold foliate motifs, text on verso. Credit line: Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection.


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