"A Scene of Conviviality at Court", Folio from a Divan (Collected Works) of Mir 'Ali Shir Nava'i
Qasim 'Ali of Shiraz
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to Iran
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Painting: H. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
W. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Page: H. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)
W. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 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
Mir ‘Ali Shir Nava’i was a statesman, patron of the arts, and acclaimed champion of Chaghatayid Turkish poetry. This bazm (feast) scene is the right-hand folio of a double-page composition; the other page depicts the preparation of a feast. Here a prince is seated on a platform in a courtyard surrounded by guests and attendants. Fruit and wine are served as ladies dance to the rhythm of the dayira (tambourine) while poetry is recited. The inclusion of a royal bazm scene in an anthology of this kind suggests the important role of mystical poetry at such gatherings.
Alexander Smith Cochran, Yonkers, NY (until 1913; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bazm and Razm: Fight and Fight in Persian Art,", no catalogue.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Making of a Collection," October 24, 2011–February 26, 2012, no catalogue.
Valentiner, William Reinhold. "The Cochran Collection of Persian Manuscripts." Museum of Metropolitan Art Bulletin, old series, vol. 8 (1913). pp. 80-86.