Yunus (Jonah) and the 'whale'
|Title||Yunus (Jonah) and the 'whale'|
|Alternative||World History, f.23v detail|
|Exhibition||Rashid al-Din's World History|
|Description||In the Bible, a giant fish or whale swallowed the prophet Jonah. He had been thrown from the boat on which he had tried to escape from obeying God's command to prophesy against the city of Nineveh. The Qur'an includes a similar version of this story. The scaly body of the fish is rendered naturalistically. The chevron wave pattern is based on Chinese convention, and contrasts with the more fluid shape of the illustrated foam. To the left of the scene, Jonah lies by a gourd, which God grew for him to have food and shelter after being freed from the fish. Outlined in black, the gourd resembles those found in the botanical books from the Mesopotamian school. The position of Jonah and the gourd plant is much like the arrangement of figures found in early Christian representations of the same narrative.|
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|Link||High resolution version of photo|