Allegory of Worldly and Otherworldly Drunkenness

Allegory of Worldly and Otherworldly Drunkenness

Artist Sultan Muhammad

Date ca. 1531-33

Movement Islamic

Medium Opaque watercolors, ink, and gold on paper

Dimensions 11.375 x 8.5″

Provenance Tabriz, Iran

Housed at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


This particular work is a part of the Folio from the Divan of Hafiz. Here, religious professors experience various states of intoxication while music makers provide background ambience and even angels upon the rooftop partake in the fun. Sultan-Muhammad draws upon the influence of Behzad to create spatiality with pattern work, but adds intense detail to the figures’ expressions that enhances the overall drama of the scene.