- Museum number
- Object: The fate of the fickle old man
The fate of the fickle old man; single-page painting mounted on detached album folio. Dead vizier in a courtyard, surrounded by gazing men and women. Twenty-four figures in total. Inscribed. Ornately decorated building, courtyard and adorning foliage. Inscribed.
Ink and opaque watercolour on paper.
- Production date
- 1647 (AH 1057)
Height: 25 centimetres (image)
Height: 41.30 centimetres (sheet)
Width: 16.70 centimetres (image)
Width: 26.50 centimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- This scene from the Haft Awrang, written in Herat by the Persian scholar Jami, illustrates the notion that a person cannot have more than one true love. An old hunchback had professed his love for a young boy while the boy flirted with others at the edge of a roof. The youth pointed to a more handsome young man behind him. When the old man turned to look, the youth pushed him off the roof, showing that it is impossible to have more than one true love.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 March-July, London, BM, 'No Equal in All the World: Artistic Legacies from Herat, Afghanistan'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).
- Middle East
- Registration number