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Leaf from a Manuscript of Poetry by Umar Ibn al-Farid

17th century
12 5/8 x 10 1/4 in. (32 x 26.1 cm)

Persian artist

Object Type: Manuscript
Medium and Support: Watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Credit Line: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection
Accession Number: 1928.317
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Collection: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection

The large Arabic script and the Arabic in the “cloud” shapes are verses from the poet Umar Ibn al-Farid’s Wine Ode, the most famous mystical poem on wine in Arabic. Ibn al-Farid (1181-1235), who studied Islamic mysticism and Arabic literature in Cairo and Mecca, composed poems that generally embrace a view of existence in which creation is lovingly intimate with its divine creator. This richly decorated leaf, made in the 1600s, reflects the continued popularity of al-Farid’s poem.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

C. Herbert Ocumpaugh, Rochester, NY (1864-1929); his gift to the University and the Gallery in 1928

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Translation of poetry Translation of the poetry on this manuscript leaf, by Prof. Th. Emil Homerin of the University of Rochester.
Ocumpaugh property at 51-55 Main Street East Note from the Rochester Images project, direct url:

"The Ocumpaugh family was prominent in Rochester for many years. E. Ocumpaugh sold ready-made clothing from a shop at 71 Main Street in the 1840s. Later the "Ocumpaugh Building", occupied a space on the south side of the west end of the Main Street Bridge into which the "Y" moved in February 1876. In the mid-1920s, C. Herbert Ocumpaugh presented his collection of Egyptian and Eastern-Mediterranian antiquities to the Memorial Art Gallery."
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