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.