Page from a dispersed muraqqa‘, or album, depicting Layla visiting Majnun in the wilderness, with Persian verses in nasta’liq script on the reverse

Originating in Arabic literature and readapted by several Persian poets, the story of Layla and Majnun narrates the unfulfilled love of two youths set apart by their families. Qays’ obsession for Layla grows to such an extent that he flees the world to live in the wilderness, hence the nickname majnun or crazy (for love).

Details

  • Title

    Page from a dispersed muraqqa‘, or album, depicting Layla visiting Majnun in the wilderness, with Persian verses in nasta’liq script on the reverse

  • Associated place

    north India (place of creation)
  • Date

    obverse painting 2nd half of the 17th century
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    obverse border 18th century (1701 - 1800)
    reverse calligraphy probably 17th century (1601 - 1700)
    reverse border possibly late 17th - early 18th century (1671 - 1730)
  • Material and technique

    obverse: ink, colour washes, and gold on paper reverse: ink, gouache, and gold on paper

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    mount 55.9 x 40.6 cm (height x width)
    page 41.5 x 29.8 cm (height x width)
    obverse blue border 22.5 x 14.9 cm (height x width)
    obverse painting without border 19 x 11 cm (height x width)
    reverse calligraphy with border 41.4 x 28.6 cm (height x width)
    reverse calligraphy without border 23.5 x 7.8 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Purchased, 1960.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1960.202

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