Turkey or Iraq
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; H. 7 13/16 in. (19.8 cm), W. 6 1/16 in. (15.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1955 (55.121.40)
The text to which this detached page belonged, entitled The Murder of the House of the Prophet, tells the story of the martyrdom of Husayn ibn cAli, one of Muhammad's grandsons and cAli's son. His killing at the battle of Karbala, in Iraq, represented a turning point for the Muslim community and is the origin of the main division between Sunnis and Shici. In this illustration, the Prophet is seen preaching seated on his minbar, or pulpit, and cAli and his sons Hasan and Husayn are at Muhammed's left side. The holy characters are identified by their flaming haloes and are surrounded by the attentive audience. The scene takes place in the interior of the mosque in Medina.