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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Previously attributed to Mir Sayyid ‘Ali, Persian (16th century)
Nomadic Encampment, probably a folio from a manuscript of Layla va Majnun by Jami
Work Type
manuscript folio
c. 1540
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Tabriz
Safavid period
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
28.4 x 20 cm (11 3/16 x 7 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: "the work of Mir Sayyid"
  • inscription: Inscribed: "The work of Mir Sayyid [-'Ali]".
Louis Cartier Collection, Paris (1910-1958). John Goelet, New York (by 1958), gift; to the Fogg Art Museum.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Goelet, formerly in the collection of Louis J. Cartier
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Armenag Sakisian, La Miniature Persane du XIIe au XVIIe Siecle, Les Editions G. van Oest (Paris, France, 1929), pl. 85, figure 152

Maurice Sven Dimand, A Guide to an Exhibition of Islamic Miniature Painting and Book Illumination, exh. cat. (Portland, ME, 1933), pls. 21,22

Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman, A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present (1938), vol. V, pls. 908A, 909A

Ivan Stchoukine, Les peintures des manuscrits safavis 1502-1587, P. Guenther (Paris, 1959), p. 79, no. 33A

Stuart Cary Welch, The Art of Mughal India: Painting & Precious Objects, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and Asia Society Museum (New York, NY, 1963), pp. 23-24, 161, no. 1, pl. 1

Basil William Robinson, Persian Drawings from the 14th through the 19th Century, Shorewood Publishers Inc. (New York, NY, 1965), p. 134, pl. 34

Ernst Grube, The World of Islam (New York, NY, 1966), p. 127, fig. 80

Bamber Gascoigne, The Great Moghuls, Harper & Row (New York, NY, 1971), p. 59, repro.

University Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Artists, Artisans and Islamic Design: The Court Art of Islam in the Sixteenth Century, exh. cat. (Amhert, MA, 1972), p. 8

David Lewis James, Islamic Art: An Introduction, Hamlyn Publishing Group (London, 1974), p. 51

Alexandre Papadopoulo, L'Islam et l'art musulman (Paris, 1976), pl. 54

Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman, A Survey of Persian Art From Prehistoric Times to the Present, Soroush Press (Tehran, Iran, 1977), page 908, 909

Walter B. Denny, Oriental Rugs, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C, 1979), pp. 28-29, fig. 14

Philip Drew, Tensile Architecture, Westview Press, Inc. (Boulder, 1979), pp. ix. 101-102, fig. 156

Stuart Cary Welch, Wonders of the Age: Masterpieces of Early Safavid Painting, 1501-1576, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1979), pp. 178-179, no. 67

Marianna Shreve Simpson, Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1980), pp. 13, 51, 58-61, no. 17, ill.

Martin Bernard Dickson and Stuart Cary Welch, The Houghton Shahnameh, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1981), Page 183/Figure 238

Michele de Angelis and Thomas W. Lentz, Architecture in Islamic Painting: Permanent and Impermanent Worlds, brochure, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, Mass, 1982)

A. M. Kevorkian and J.P. Sicre, Les Jardins du desir: Sept siecles de peinture persane, Phebus (Paris, France, 1983), pp166

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), page 74/figure 77

Annemarie Schimmel, Die Orientalische Katze, Tillmann Roeder (Munich, 1989), page 26 & 110

Layla S. Diba, "Clothing", Encyclopaedia Iranica, Volume V, ed. Ehsan Yarshater, Mazda Publishers (1992), p. 789, plate CI

Dr. Sheila R. Canby, The Rebellious Reformer: The Drawings and Paintings of Riza-yi Abbasi of Isfahan, Azimuth Editions Ltd. (London, England, 1996), pp. 220 & 231, fig. 23

Peter Alford Andrews, "Felt Tents and Pavilions: The Nomadic Traditin and its Interaction with Princely Tentage" (1999), Melisende, fig. 155

40 Years On... Donations by John Goelet: Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings, Miniatures and Calligraphy, Tankas and Mandala, M. T. Train and Scala Books (New York, NY, 2000), page 171, 239-240

James Cuno, ed., Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report, 1998-99, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 2000), p. 43

Ernst Grube and Renzo Zorzi, "Il Ritratto Nel Mondo Musulmano", Le Metamorfosi del Ritratto, Leo S. Olschki (Firenze, 2002), pp. 181-202, fig 9

Eleanor Sims, Boris I. Marshak, and Ernst Grube, Peerless Images: Persian Painting and its Sources, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven; London, 2002), p. 256

Guity Nashat, ed., Women in Iran: From the Rise of Islam to 1800, University of Illinois Press (Urbana, 2003), p 229/fig 10

Jon Thompson, Daniel Shaffer, and Pirjetta Mildh, ed., Carpets and Textiles in the Iranian World 1400-1700: Proceedings of the Conference Held at the Ashmolean Museum on 30-31 August 2003, May Beattie Archive at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford and Bruschettini Foundation for Islamic and Asian Art (Oxford, UK; Genoa, 2010), p. 136, fig. 31

Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity (London, Thames & Hudson, 2021)., p. 88, ill.; pp. 296-297, no. 10

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Islamic Objects, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, 01/28/1972 - 02/28/1972

Arab and Persian Painting, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/10/1981 - 03/09/1981

Diverse are their Hues: Animals in Islamic Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/18/1984 - 02/09/1985

The Heavenly Court: Persian Poetry and Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/09/1985 - 03/31/1985

Early Safavid Painting 1501 - 1576, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/21/1987 - 04/12/1987

Paintings for Emperors, Rajs, and Sultans, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 09/19/1987 - 11/21/1987

Paintings for Princes: The Art of the Book in Islam, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/27/1990 - 03/25/1990

Five Masters of Persian and Indian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/11/1992 - 03/09/1992

In Detail: Looking at Persian, Turkish and Indian Pictures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/11/1995 - 01/21/1996

Courts and Countryside: Islamic Paintings from the 14th through the 17th Century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/21/1999 - 08/22/1999

The Enlightened Eye: Gifts from John Goelet, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/12/2000 - 05/07/2000

32Q: 2550 Islamic, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/14/2015 - 11/03/2015

Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, 10/21/2021 - 02/20/2022

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu