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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Timur Celebrates His Conquest of Delhi (painting, verso; text, recto), illustrated folio from the Zafarnama (Book of Victory) of Sharaf al-Din 'Ali Yazdi
Work Type
manuscript folio
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Shiraz
Timurid period
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Physical Descriptions

Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
folio: 28 x 16.8 cm (11 x 6 5/8 in.)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Eric Schroeder, "Mrs. Rockefeller's Miniatures at the Fogg", The Connoisseur (August 1961), vol. 148, pp. 70-75, p.73, fig. 8
  • Eleanor Sims, "The Garrett Manuscript of the Zafar-Name: A Study in Fifteenth Century Timurid Patronage" (1973), p. 83, no. 7H, pp. 162-163
  • Robert Hillenbrand, Imperial Images in Persian Painting: A Scottish Arts Council Exhibition, exh. cat., Scottish Arts Council Gallery (Edinburgh, 1977), no. 69
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson, Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1980), pp. 9, 33, 40-41, no. 10, ill.
  • Michele de Angelis and Thomas W. Lentz, Architecture in Islamic Painting: Permanent and Impermanent Worlds, brochure, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, Mass, 1982)
  • Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 1, July 1983, Front Cover
  • Thomas W. Lentz and Glenn D. Lowry, Timur and the Princely Vision: Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century, exh. cat., Museum Associates (Los Angeles, CA, 1989)
  • David Roxburgh, ed., Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600 - 1600, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2005), p. 219/ fig 168
  • David Roxburgh, Timurlu Minyatürlerinde Sarap: "Saki, Bize Ab-i Hayat Ver" (Wine in Timurid Miniatures "Cupbearer, let us have some water for life", P Art and Culture Magazine (Istanbul, 2007), Vol. 17, pp. 116-129, p. 117
  • Craig Clunas, Jessica Harrison-Hall, and Luk Yu-ping, ed., Ming China: Courts and Contacts 1400-1450, Trustees of the British Museum (London, 2016), pp. 232-233, 287; plate 26.6
  • Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım, ed., Persian Manuscripts and Paintings from the Berenson Collection, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Florence, 2021), pp. 112-114, fig. 3
  • Yael Rice, The Brush of Insight: Artists and Agency at the Mughal Court, University of Washington Press (Seattle, 2023), pp. 99-101, fig. 3.4

Exhibition History

  • Islamic Art: The Power of Pattern, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/23/1989 - 01/17/1990
  • Paintings for Princes: The Art of the Book in Islam, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/27/1990 - 03/25/1990
  • 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
  • Turkic Art 600 - 1600 From Central Asia to the Golden Horn, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 01/22/2005 - 04/12/2005
  • A New Light on Bernard Berenson: Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/20/2017 - 08/13/2017

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