- Detached album folio
- Artist: Attributed to Aqa Mirak
- Historical period(s)
- Safavid period, ca. 1530
- Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
- 33.6 x 21.2 cm
- Iran, Tabriz
- Credit Line
- Purchase--Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
- Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
- Accession Number
- Album folio: A reclining prince; mounted on an album page with illuminated panels in Arabic white thuluth script; inscription on the book held by the figure.
Border: The folio is set in gold, green and black rulings mounted on a paperboard with floral and animal motifs.
In the book held by the figure: "fate granted such beauty to the face of Yusuf; try to draw such [beauty] for your face, O slave."
Top page panel: "Sura al-Bayyina [Clear proof] 98, Medina, nine verses."
Bottom page panel: "Sura al-Qadr [the Power] 97, Mecca, five verses."
- This composition, attributed to the celebrated painter Aqa Mirak, embodies sixteenth-century Persian ideals of beauty and sophistication. The reclining youth is dressed in sumptuous clothing and holds up an open book inscribed with a poem that establishes a literary parallel to his refinement. Written in minute characters, it refers to the legendary beauty of Yusuf, the biblical Joseph, who was considered the ideal man in Islamic mysticism.
Fate granted such beauty to the face of Yusuf
Try to draw such [beauty] for your face, O slave.
From at least 1910
Stéphane Bourgeois, from at least 1910 
From at least 1912
Ducote, from at least 1912 
Arthur Sambon (1867-1947), Paris 
From at least 1913
Léonce Rosenberg (1879-1947), Paris, from at least 1913 
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 
From 1942 to 1986
François Mautin, Paris and Boulogne, France, by descent from Henri Vever in 1942 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from François Mautin in 1986
 See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 409.
 See note 1.
 See note 1.
 The object is documented as having appeared in the collection of Léonce Rosenberg by at least May 26, 1913. See note 1.
 See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 299, no. 349.
 François Mautin, grandson of Henri Vever, inherited Vever's Near Eastern collection upon Vever's death in 1942, see Glenn D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), pp. 10-11.
- Previous Owners
- Henri Vever, Arthur Sambon, Léonce Rosenberg, Ducote, Stéphane Bourgeois
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- Arts of the Islamic World
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum