"The Story of the Princess of the Blue Pavillion: The Youth of Rum Is Entertained in a Garden by a Fairy and her Maidens", Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khusrau Dihlavi
Amir Khusrau Dihlavi (1253–1325)
Muhammad Husain Kashmiri (active ca. 1560–1611)
Painting by Manohar (active ca. 1582–1624)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
H. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
W. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
Approximately one century after the Persian poet Nizami wrote his Khamsa (Quintet), the Indian poet Amir Khusrau Dihlavi composed a response using Nizami’s structure but varying his stories slightly. This painting comes from the Mughal emperor Akbar’s (r. 1550–1605) copy of Amir Khusrau’s verses. It depicts a story told by a princess to the king Bahram Gur, about a youth and the fairy queen he imagines meeting nightly in a lush garden.
Signature: 'amal-i Manohara
Inscription: Signature in Persian in nasta‘liq script at bottom right-hand side of frame:
Work of Manohar
Alexander Smith Cochran, Yonkers, NY (until 1913; gifted to MMA)
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