"The Angel Gabriel meets 'Amr ibn Zaid (the Shepherd)", Folio from a Siyer-i Nebi (the Life of the Prophet)
Painting by Mustafa ibn Vali
Commissioned by Sultan Murad III (r. 1574–95)
Mustafa b. Yusuf al-Darir al-Erzerumi
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
H. 14.56 in. (37 cm)
W.10.22 in. (26 cm)
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994
Not on view
This miniature once belonged to the fourth volume of a six-volume work devoted to the life of the Prophet commissioned by the Ottoman sultan Murad III (r. 1574–95). Depicted are the encounter of the Archangel Gabriel and the shepherd 'Amr ibn Zaid, set against a landscape dominated by rocks and trees.
Inscription: The inscriptions in Ottoman Turkish prose identify the figures as: "Jabra'il 'Alayhi as-salaam" [Gabriel; left] and "Omar ibn Zayd" [the shepherd; right]
Sultan Murad III, Istanbul (from ca. 1595); Princess Se'adetlü Bâsh-Rûkhshah, Turkey (in 1753); Major R.G. Gayer-Anderson, Cairo(in 1939); sale, Drouot-Richelieu, Paris, April 14–15, 1994, no. 2,to Lucien Solanet for MMA
Tanindi, Zeren. Siyer-i Nebi : Islam Tasvir Sanatinda Hz. Muhammed'in Hayatii. Istanbul: Hurriyet Vakfi Yayinlari, 1984.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 52, no 2 (1993–1994). pp. 16-17, ill. (color).
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 201, pp. 289-290, ill. p. 290 (color).