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Asian Art

Sufis Entering a Castle, probably from a biographical dictionary

late 17th–early 18th century

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

without mounting: 9 3/4 × 6 in. (24.8 × 15.2 cm)
framed: 19 1/4 × 14 1/4 in. (48.9 × 36.2 cm)
Gift of Allen Wardwell, B.A. 1957
Sufism is a tradition within Islam that is characterized by asceticism, chanting, and repeating the names of God. The coarse blue and yellow robes worn by the two figures in the foreground of this small painting indicate that they are Sufi practitioners. For reasons that remain unclear, they are attempting to enter a castle.
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)
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