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The Ascetic Who Inadvertently Breaks his Oil Jars while Day-dreaming

Yahya ibn Md. ibn Yahya (AKA Dudi), Iranian, b. 14th century

Creation date: 1333
Creation place: Iran

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Watercolor ? on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney 3rd
Accession Number: 1972.220
Dimensions: 12 11/16 in. x 8 21/32 in. (32.2 cm x 22 cm)


Hôtel Drouot, Paris, France ( - November 23, 1960)

Sevadjian, Paris, France ( - November 23, 1960)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (November 23, 1960 - December 29, 1972)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 29, 1972 - )

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December 2007
Asian Court Rotation
This is the story of an ascetic whose neighbor is a merchant of oil and honey. Each day, the merchant supplied the ascetic with these items, and the ascetic stored some of the oil and honey that he did not consume in jars. The illustration shows the ascetic musing on his future, thinking that he could sell this excess oil and honey to procure a wife, from whom he could sire a son, whom he could discipline if necessary with a stick. As the ascetic becomes absorbed by these thoughts, he inadvertently takes up the stick and accidentally breaks one of the jars, spilling its contents all over himself. The story is narrated by a wife to her husband as a metaphor for conveying that making conjectures without verifiable certainties is fraught with pitfalls and will end in remorse. This remarkably early, dated work is painted in a loose, spontaneous style and has vivid, transparent colors, mainly red and yellow, with large flowers filling the empty spaces.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Art Persan: Hôtel Drouot. Paris, France, November 23, 1960
Page Number: Lot no. 123

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