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Page from a dispersed muraqqa‘, or album, depicting Layla visiting Majnun in the wilderness, with Persian verses in nasta’liq script on the reverse

  • Description

    Originating in Arabic literature and readapted by several Persian poets, the story of Layla and Majnun narrates the unfulfilled love of two youths set apart by their families. Qays’ obsession for Layla grows to such an extent that he flees the world to live in the wilderness, hence the nickname majnun or crazy (for love).

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    obverse painting 2nd half of the 17th century
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    obverse border 18th century (1701 - 1800)
    reverse calligraphy probably 17th century (1601 - 1700)
    reverse border possibly late 17th - early 18th century (1671 - 1730)
    Material and technique
    obverse: ink, colour washes, and gold on paper reverse: ink, gouache, and gold on paper
    mount 55.9 x 40.6 cm (height x width)
    page 41.5 x 29.8 cm (height x width)
    obverse blue border 22.5 x 14.9 cm (height x width)
    obverse painting without border 19 x 11 cm (height x width)
    reverse calligraphy with border 41.4 x 28.6 cm (height x width)
    reverse calligraphy without border 23.5 x 7.8 cm (height x width)
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    Purchased, 1960.
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