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Prince in a Garden Courtyard

Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
1525–30
Geography:
Iran, Tabriz
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Opaque watercolor, ink, gold, and silver on paper
Dimensions:
H. 8 9/16 in. (21.7 cm) W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.39.1
Not on view
This typical bazm (feast) scene is the left-hand side of a double page painting. Traditionally, the right half would have shown royal servants preparing a feast. The prince is seated on a square platform under a canopy, holding the two key symbols of Persian kingship—a wine cup and a royal handkerchief. His attendants offer him wine and fruit in gold vessels, as poetry is recited to the sound of the barbat (Persian lute) and the dayira (tambourine).
[ Tabbagh Frères, Paris and New York, until 1911; sold to MMA]
Welch, Stuart Cary. A King's Book of Kings: the Shah-nameh of Shah Tahmasp. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972.

Institut du Monde Arabe. "De l'Alhambra au Taj Mahal." In Jardins d'Orient. Paris: Editions Snoeck, 2016. no. 177, pp. 124, 208, ill. p. 124.



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