"Ottoman Army Entering a City", Folio from a Divan of Mahmud `Abd al-Baqi

Poet: Mahmud 'Abd-al Baqi (1526–1600)

Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript

Date: last quarter 16th century

Geography: Attributed to Turkey

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: Page: 10 1/4 x 6 5/16 in. (26 x 16 cm)
Painting: 7 5/8 x 4 5/8 in. (19.4 x 11.8 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1935

Accession Number: 45.174.5


This painting, from the same manuscript as 25.83.9, illustrates the entry of the Safavid prince Haidar Mirza into Istanbul with his officials in 1590. He was sent to the Ottomans as a hostage according to a treaty signed previously between the Ottomans and the Safavids. The painting exemplifies the Ottoman taste for realism and history in contrast to the more lyrical bent of contemporary painting from Safavid Iran. It accompanies a poem in praise of Sultan Murad III (r. 1574–95), whose death provides a terminus ante quem for the production of the manuscript.