Asian Art

The Prophet Muhammad Ascends to the Heavens

17th century

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

sheet: 10 5/16 x 7 1/4 in. (26.2 x 18.4 cm) framed: 19 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (48.9 x 36.2 cm)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
2001.138.2
The three poems accompanying this painting describe the prophet Muhammad’s journey to Jerusalem and Mecca, after which he ascended to heaven accompanied by angels and riding Buraq, a mythical horse with a human face. The use of a veil to cover the prophet’s face is a Safavid convention.
Culture: 
Persian, Iranian, Islamic
Period: 
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Manuscripts and Documents
Status: 
By appointment
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