A Poor Man Refused Admittance to a Mosque

A Poor Man Refused Admittance to a Mosque

Artist Behzad

Date 1486 CE

Movement Islamic

Medium Opaque watercolors, ink and gold on paper

Dimensions 12 x 8.5″

Provenance Herat, Afghanistan

Housed at General Egyptian Book Organiztion, Cairo, Adad Farsi 908, National Library of Egypt, Cairo


Illuminated narratives experienced a grand revival in the late fifteenth century. Here, Behzad depicts daily life at a mosque, and employs beautiful script and pattern work to help create spacial relativity and depth; though three dimensional, Behzad has kept the figures in the same scale, enabling them to pop from the paper —an impressive feat for such a small work.