"Bahram Gur Entertained by the Daughters of Barzin", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Northwestern Iran or Baghdad
Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
Text block: 6 3/16 x 4 13/16 in. (15.7 x 12.2 cm)
Painting: 2 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. (6 x 12.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1969
Not on view
This scene from the First Small Shahnama takes place around the pool in the garden of a squire named Barzin. Bahram Gur lost his favorite black falcon and during his search for it he came to Barzin's estate, where he was entertained by Barzin's three delightful daughters-a harpist, a singer, and a dancer-all of whom he took with him as his wives.
Textile Museum, Washington (until 1969; sold to MMA)
Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965–1975 (1975). p. 133, ill. (b/w).
Simpson, Marianna. "The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts." PhD diss., Garland Publishing, Inc., 1979. p. 374.
Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 70-71, ill. fig. 52 (color).
Lutz, Albert, ed. "Orte der Sehnsucht und Inspiration." In Gärten der Welt. Zürich: Museum Rietberg, 2016. no. 30, pp. 68-69, 301, ill. p. 69 (color).