Collections: Asian Art: Yusuf and Zulaykha

  • 1st Floor
    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • 5th Floor
    Luce Center for American Art

On View: Great Lakes Girls

Teri Greeves created this piece by hand-sewing beads, Swarovski crystals, silver conchos, and spiny-oyster shell cabochons on a pair of high...

Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige's 118 woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth-century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art.

    On View: Slab with Two Reclining Male Figures

    Most people think of Egypt as a very warm country, but at night the desert air can be uncomfortably cold. This camp scene shows two men lyin...


    Want to add this object to a set? Please join the Posse, or log in.


    59.206.7_IMLS_PS4.jpg 59.206.7_PS2.jpg 59.206.7_acetate_bw.jpg

    Yusuf and Zulaykha

    • Culture: Indian
    • Medium: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
    • Place Made: Deccan, India
    • Dates: 1875-1900
    • Dynasty: Mughal
    • Dimensions: Sheet: 11 3/4 x 19 15/16 in. (29.8 x 50.6 cm) Image: 8 7/8 x 12 7/8 in. (22.5 x 32.7 cm)  (show scale)
    • Inscriptions: Identification of figures, inscribed on left: "Hazrat, Jinab, Yusuf, Aleihem al-salawat va-al-salam" In the margin at the right, in Persian, in nastaliq script: "His excellency, Saint Yusuf, praise and peace be upon him. Hazrat, Jainab, Yusuf, Aleihem al-salawat wa-al-salam."
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 59.206.7
    • Credit Line: Gift of Philip P. Weisberg
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Indian. Yusuf and Zulaykha, 1875-1900. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Sheet: 11 3/4 x 19 15/16 in. (29.8 x 50.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Philip P. Weisberg, 59.206.7
    • Image: overall, 59.206.7_IMLS_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
    • Catalogue Description: Before one of four city gates an outsized sultan greets a holy personage whose head is set off by a flaming mandoral. Male and female courtiers of every walk of life pay homage to him or carry on with their work. Around the periphery of the city we see the roofs of buildings and rectangles, representing interiors in which the inhabitants work and socialize. In the center of the painting the sultan's white palace is visible, complete with its garden and harem. Despite the oddities of scale and perspective and the unprepossessing style here, the artist has succeeded in illustrating the charming, multifaceted character of traditional Indian life. The topographical view of the palace quarter is a reinterpretation of a convention used in Central Indian and even Nepalese paintings of the nineteenth century to indicate a palace scene. The crowding of figures shown in sizes that extend from large to miniature conveys the rich variety of activity in the bazaar. Specific areas where foods, clothes, and objects are sold are rendered with extraordinary clarity, while even the minuscule figures in the background show such activities as monkey entertainers and figures in palanquins, on elephants, and with bullock carts (set in contemporaneous Hyderabad). In the center of the painting the sultan's white palace is visible, complete with its garden and harem. This swarming activity is contained within a carefully rendered enframement of rectangles, each of which reveals figures pursuing their daily routines. The rigidity of these bands of carefully ruled blocks is relieved by a second border of minuscule buildings depicting the range of architectural styles and purposes in the busy town. Despite the oddities of scale and perspective, the artist has succeeded in illustrating the active, multifaceted character of traditional Indian life. Inscription: In the margin at the right, in Persian, in nastaliq script: "His Excellency, Saint Yusuf, praise and peace be upon him. Hazrat, Jainab, Yusuf, Aleihem al-salawat wa-al-salam." Condition: See conservator's report.
    • Record Completeness: Good (79%)
    advanced 110,570 records currently online.

    Separate each tag with a space: painting portrait.

    Or join words together in one tag by using double quotes: "Brooklyn Museum."

    Please review the comment guidelines before posting.

    Before you comment...

    We get a lot of comments, so before you post yours, check to see if your issue is addressed by one of the questions below. Click on a question to see our answer:

    Why are some objects not on view?

    The Museum’s permanent collections are very large and only a fraction of these can be on exhibition at any given time. Sometimes works are lent to other museums for special exhibitions; sometimes they are in the conservation laboratory for study or maintenance. Certain types of objects, such as watercolors, textiles, and photographs, are sensitive to light and begin to fade if they are exposed for too long, so their exhibition time is limited. Finally, as large as the Museum is, there is not enough room to display everything in the collections. In order to present our best works, collections are rotated periodically.

    How do I find out how much an object in the Brooklyn Museum collections is worth?

    The Museum does not disclose the monetary values of objects in its collections.

    Can you tell me the value of an artwork that I own?

    The Museum does not provide monetary appraisals. To determine the value of an object or to find an appraiser, you may contact the Art Dealers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers.

    I own a similar object. Can you tell me more about it?

    Please submit via e-mail a photograph of the object you own and as much information about it as you can, and we will provide any additional information we are able to find. Please note that research in our files is a lengthy process, and you may not have a response for some time.

    How would I go about lending or gifting a work to the Museum or seeing if the Museum is interested in purchasing a work that I own?

    Please submit via e-mail a photograph of the object you would like us to consider, as well as all of the information you have about it, and your offer will be forwarded to the appropriate curator. The Brooklyn Museum collections are very rich, and we have many works that are not currently on exhibition; because of this, and because storage space is limited, we are very selective about adding works. However, the collection has become what it is today through the generosity of the public, and we continue to be grateful for this generosity, which can still lead to exciting new acquisitions.

    How can I get a reproduction of a work in your collection?

    Please see the Museum’s information on Image Services.

    How can I show my work to someone at the Museum or be considered for an exhibition?

    Please see the Museum’s Artist Submission Guidelines.

    Why do many objects not have photographs and/or complete descriptions?

    The Museum's collection is very large, and we are constantly in the process of adding photographs and descriptions to works that do not currently have them, or replacing photographs that have deteriorated beyond use and descriptions that are minimal or out of date. This is a long and expensive process that takes time.

    How can I find a conservator or get advice on how to treat my artwork?

    Please visit the American Institute for Conservation, which has a feature on how to find a conservator.

    I have a comment or question which is not included in this list.

    Join the posse or log in to work with our collections. Your tags, comments and favorites will display with your attribution.