This painting and the two next to it come from the same copy of a highly Persianate Shahnama that was probably made in northern India. The paintings from this book were later placed in an album with brightly colored borders. The illustration may represent two figures of the Sasanian period, Hurmuzd (r. 579–90) and his son Khusrau (r. 590–628). Although here Khusrau makes a humble appearance at his father’s court, he later executed Hurmuzd and took the throne. 5-
William Milne Grinnell, New York (until d. 1920; bequeathed to MMA)
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Joseph Breck. "The William Milne Grinell Bequest." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., vol. XV (1920). pp. 273-275.
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Dimand, Maurice S. "New York, October 9 through January 7, 1933–1934." In A Guide to an Exhibition of Islamic Miniature Painting and Book Illumination. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1933. p. 28.
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