"Journey of the Prophet Muhammad", Folio from the Majma al-Tavarikh (Compendium of Histories)

Author: Hafiz-i Abru (d. 1430)

Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript

Date: ca. 1425

Geography: Attributed to present-day Afghanistan, Herat

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: 16.87 in. high 13.00 in. wide (42.8 cm high 33 cm wide)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956

Accession Number: 57.51.9


This is a leaf from a dispersed manuscript entitled the Majma' al Tavarikh, produced for the Shah Rukh in Herat. Although simple in style, many of the paintings are effective in their straightforward presentation. Here the Prophet, perched atop the exaggerated hump of his dromedary, dominates the composition. His position and that of his two footmen in the foreground emphasize their importance in the scene.