Habib Allah / Album leaf / Late 16th CenturyHabib Allah
Album leaf
Late 16th Century

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Creator Name: Habib, Allah
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Habib Allah
Title: Album leaf
Title Type: Object name
Title: A Stallion
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1566
Creation End Date: 1599
Creation Date: Late 16th Century
Object Type: Books
Classification Term: Codex
Materials and Techniques: opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions: Page: 11 7/8 x 8 in. (30.1 x 20.3 cm); Painting: 7 3/4 x 5 in. (19.7 x 12.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1992.51
Credit Line: Purchase, Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, The Edward Joseph Gallagher III Memorial Collection, Edward J.Gallagher Jr. Bequest and Richard S. Perkins and Margaret Mushekian Gifts, 1992
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/

The brilliant bit of arabesque pattern in gold on the saddlecloth of this elegant stallion is an example of the "saz" style, which is distinguished by gracefully curving leaves with feathered edges, fantastic complex blossoms derived from Chinese prototypes, and elaborate combinations of vegetal forms, such as curved leaves half covering blossoms. This style, named for the "saz" (reed) pen employed in related drawings that were especially popular in Ottoman Turkey and in Iran and the Muslim courts of India, can be traced to Chinese-influenced Turkmen drawings of the fifteenth century.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1992.51
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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