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The prophet Muhammad in the cave of Hira
Place of Origin: Northern India
Date: dated 1720
Materials: Opaque watercolors and gold on paper
Dimensions: H. 19 3/8 in x W. 10 7/8 in, H. 49.3 cm x W. 27.7 cm
Credit Line: Gift of George Hopper Fitch
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B87D17
On Display: No

Description

Label: The figure at the center of this painting is the Muslim prophet Muhammad, his face hidden behind a veil because depicting him is considered disrespectful. He appears seated in meditation in the cave of Hira, located on a mountain known as the Mountain of Light, near the city of Mecca (in present Saudi Arabia). During his lifetime the Prophet Muhammad would often retreat to Hira to pray. On one of these occasions he received a revelation through the angel Gabriel, and from it began to recite the Koran, considered by Muslims to be the word of God.

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Exhibition History: Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)
"Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past", May 18 - September 2, 2012
Label: The figure at the center of this painting is the Muslim prophet Muhammad, his face hidden behind a veil because depicting him is considered disrespectful. He appears seated in meditation in the cave of Hira, located on a mountain known as the Mountain of Light, near the city of Mecca (in present Saudi Arabia). During his lifetime the Prophet Muhammad would often retreat to Hira to pray. On one of these occasions he received a revelation through the angel Gabriel, and from it began to recite the Koran, considered by Muslims to be the word of God.
Exhibition History: Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)
"Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past", May 18 - September 2, 2012