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Zulaikha tries to keep Yussuf from running away. Jami. Yussuf and Zulaikha. The Metropolitan Museum. New York. 13.228,5, f. 91. 1523-1524. Bukhara.
ZULAIKHA TRIES TO KEEP YUSSUF FROM RUNNING AWAY, Jami. Yussuf and Zulaikhas


The story about the talk between Yussuf and Zulaikha who fell in love with him is described many times. Usually artists depict the scene when Zulaikha is pleading with Yussuf for love, but he rejects and wants to run away from the beautiful lady. This very moment is on this miniature. Against the background of the palaces interior the figures of the people seem a little bit clumsy. Their full faces are with the wide noses and square chins. There is a special way of representing the almond-shaped eyes. Horizontal and vertical division, the ornament of the background and linearity of the picture are typical for composition of Bukhara school.