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Caliph Muawiya (r. 602–68 c.e.) with Councillors, page from a dispersed Compendium of Histories (Majma al-tawarikh) manuscript

ca. 1425

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

sheet: 16 9/16 × 13 in. (42 × 33 cm)
image: 12 7/8 × 9 1/8 in. (32.7 × 23.2 cm)
other (Painting): 5 1/8 × 9 1/16 in. (13 × 23 cm)
Gift of Mary Burns Foss
1983.94.4
Muawiya was the fifth caliph, or religious and civil leader after Muhammad, and he was responsible for the establishment of the Umayyad dynasty in 661 C.E. He is shown here in a tent resting on a cushion and a bolster and receiving some of his councillors, presumably to discuss affairs of state.
Geography: 
Geography Herat, Afghanistan
Culture: 
Afghani, Islamic
Period: 
Timurid dynasty (1370–1507)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Foss 213 Mary Burns Foss (Mrs. Wilson P. Foss Jr.) (1896–1987); gift in 1983 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Reza Mohamad Ghiasian, “The “Historical Style” of Painting for Shahrukh and Its Revival in the Dispersed Manuscript of Majma? al-Tawarikh,” Iranian Studies 48 no. 6 (2015): 902.

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