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Habiballah of Sava
"The Concourse of the Birds", Folio from a Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds)
ca. 1600
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver, on paper

10 x 4 inches


Metropolitan Museum of Art


Excerpt from:
"The Concourse of the Birds", Folio from a Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds)
Painting by Habiballah of Sava  (active ca. 1590–1610)
Metropolitan Museum of Art


"The poetic text of Attar’s Mantiq al‑Tair comprises a series of parables narrated by the hoopoe, who leads a gathering of birds on a difficult journey to find the mythic Simurgh. Perhaps the best‑known image from the manuscript, this folio illustrates the small, crested hoopoe bird addressing his companions before their departure. This charming painting is one of four added to the original manuscript in the early seventeenth century at the court of Shah Abbas (r. 1587–1629), and is signed by the painter Habiballah."



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