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Asian Art

Angels Harut and Marut in Earthly Form, from an unidentified manuscript

ca. 1560

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

without mounting: 5 7/8 × 2 15/16 in. (14.9 × 7.5 cm)
with mounting: 12 5/8 × 8 9/16 in. (32 × 21.7 cm)
framed: 19 1/4 × 14 1/4 in. (48.9 × 36.2 cm)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
Mentioned in the Qur’an and in later literature, Harut and Marut were two angels sent to earth in human form to guide people to proper behavior. Eventually, they succumbed to the lust inherent in human nature and were ultimately punished for their sins.
Geography Iran
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)

Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass. to 2001; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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