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The Miraj (the Prophet ascends to heaven)

Creation date: ca. 1575
Creation place: Iran

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney 3rd
Accession Number: 1972.238
Dimensions: 6 3/8 in. x 4 3/4 in. (16.19 cm x 12.07 cm)


Sevadjian, Paris, France ( - March 20, 1961)

Hôtel Drouot, Paris, France (March 20, 1961 - March 20, 1961)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (March 20, 1961 - December 29, 1972)

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

Label Copy

June 2005
Tastes in Asian Art Installation
On the night of the mythical journey of the prophet Muhammad, he mounted a female-headed steed, named Burak, and visited heaven and hell in one night. This journey began and ended at what is now the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Here, in his ascent to heaven, the sky is filled with angels on curling gold clouds, who honor him with offerings.
After the middle of the sixteenth century, the face of the Prophet is typically shown veiled, the effulgence of his face being thought too strong for the ordinary viewer.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Persian and Indian Miniatures from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd The Portland Art Association , 9/28/1962 - 11/29/1962

Tastes in Asian Art Rotation , 5/28/2005 - 11/6/2005


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Dr. Edwin Binney, 3rd. Persian and Indian Miniatures, Portland Art Museum. Portland, Oregon, 1962
Page Number: 18, no. 32

Art Persan: Hôtel Drouot. Paris, France, March 20, 1961
Page Number: Lot no. 154

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