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Zulikha explains her attitude to Yousuf: PD.208-1950

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Current Location: In storage


Zulikha explains her attitude to Yousuf


Miniaturist: Unknown



One of sixty six miniatures illustrating a poem on the story of Yusuf and Zulaykha (Joseph and Potiphar's wife).


History note: Sir Dorabji J. Tata, by whom given to the University Library, 1931; transferred from Library, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 161 mm
Width: 108 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Transferred (1950) by Cambridge University Library


The story, taken from the Koran, was much elaborated by Persian poets, and has been very popular in India. Many such illuminated MSS. exist.

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Materials used in production

White bodycolour

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Bodycolour including white, pen and ink with gold, on paper

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.208-1950
Primary reference Number: 34398
Series number: 67
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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