"Nushirwan Sends Mihran Sitad to Fetch the Daughter of the King of China" in the manuscript of Shahnama of Firdawsi Illustration and Text (Persian Verses) (Recto)

"Nushirwan Sends Mihran Sitad to Fetch the Daughter of the King of China" in the manuscript of Shahnama of Firdawsi Illustration and Text (Persian Verses) (Recto)

c. 1482

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Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper

Image: 14.7 x 15 cm (5 13/16 x 5 7/8 in.); Overall: 32.5 x 23.2 cm (12 13/16 x 9 1/8 in.); Text area: 23 x 15.5 cm (9 1/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1962.25.a

Description

The Iranian tendency to create conceptual space, symmetry, and decoration characterize this painting illustrating a scene in the life of the Shi’a Imam Ali, son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. The inscription over the door reads "the just sultan."

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