"Bahram Gur in the White Palace on Friday", Folio 235 from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami
Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)
Sultan Muhammad Nur (ca. 1472–ca. 1536)
Painted by Shaikh Zada
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
A.H. 931/A.D. 1524–25
present-day Afghanistan, Herat
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Painting: H. 8 13/16 in. (22.4 cm)
W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Page: H. 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm)
W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913
Not on view
The arrangement of this miniature is close to that of Bahram Gur in the black pavilion, in that the building, except for a touch of blue sky here, takes up the entire picture space. In addition, the same two ladies playing musical instruments appear in both compositions in reversed positions. However, there are individual elements in this painting, based on the text of the poem. There Bahram Gur is described as dressing in purest white and wearing a white feather in his turban. The princess is described as having pots of lilies and narcissus at her feet, their white petals not as white as her skin.
F. R. Martin, Sweden; Alexander Smith Cochran, Yonkers, NY (until 1913; gifted to MMA)
Valentiner, William Reinhold. "The Cochran Collection of Persian Manuscripts." Museum of Metropolitan Art Bulletin, old series, vol. 8 (1913). pp. 80-86.
Brend, Barbara. "Illustrations to Amir Khusrau's Khamsa." In Perspectives on Persian Painting. New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. p. 190.
Artist: Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)Date: ca. 1625–30Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on unpolished paperAccession: 1982.476.1a, bOn view in:Not on view