the vision of sage Markandeya
early mid 20th century
opaque watercolor with gold and silver or tin on paper
Philadelphia Museum of Art
” as Markandeya beheld the child, all his weariness vanished.
indeed, so great was his pleasure that the lotus of his heart, along
with his lotus eyes, fully blossomed and the hairs on his body stood on
end. confused as to the identity of the wonderful infant, the sage
approached Him: just then the child inhaled, drawing
Markandeya within His body like a mosquito. there the sage found the
entire universe arrayed as it had been before its dissolution. “
Begum Akhtar sings Hamko mita sake ye Zamane men Dam Nahin, ghazal by Jigar Moradabadi.
Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar, ca. 1600; Safavid, Iran (Isfahan)
The text on this folio pertains to the hoopoe’s speech in which he proposes that the birds set out on a journey to find the Simurgh. In this illustration, the birds have assembled and listen to the hoopoe at the middle right.
Fanfare Ciocărlia, Geamparale