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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Yusuf’s Brothers Plead to Take Their Youngest Brother Home (text recto; painting verso of folio 50); illustrated folio from a manuscript of Yusuf and Zulaykha by Nizami
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Illustrated Manuscript of Yusuf and Zulaykha by Nizami
Work Type
manuscript folio
16th century
Shaybanid period
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Ink, colors, and gold on paper
27.5 x 17 cm (10 13/16 x 6 11/16 in.)
Ezzat-Malek Soudavar, Geneva, Switzerland (by 2014), by descent; to her son Abolala Soudavar, Houston, Texas (2014), loan; to Harvard Art Museums, 2015.

Ezzat-Malek Soudavar (1913-2014) formed this collection over a period of sixty years. She purchased the works of art on the international art market.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Loan from A. Soudavar in memory of his mother Ezzat-Malek Soudavar
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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The manuscript opens with an illuminated sarlawh (heading) above the text. The margins of the double-page frontispiece are decorated with gold floral drawings and large illuminated cartouches. The text is copied in nastaʿliq in two columns and 15 lines on gold sprinkled paper. The text panels are remargined on various colored papers. There are ten paintings in the manuscript.
The dark and reddish-brown leather binding is decorated with a gilt-stamped inlays in the center medallion, pendants, corner pieces and cartouches of the border. The edges have been repaired at some point. The inside covers are plain olive green leather.
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