"Faridun Embraces Manuchihr", Folio 59v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Painting attributed to Qadimi (active ca. 1525–65)
Sultan Muhammad (active first half 16th century)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Made in Iran, Tabriz
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Painting: H. 11 1/16 in. (28.1 cm)
W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Page: H. 18 9/16 in. (47.1 cm)
W. 12 7/16 in. (31.6 cm)
Mat: H. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
W. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970
Not on view
Now that the war is over, Manuchihr's army gathers all the booty from Rum and Turan and loads it onto elephants before setting out for Iran. Meanwhile, Faridun assembles a host of men blowing horns, beating drums, and driving richly caparisoned elephants to the place where he and Manuchihr meet and embrace.
Shah Tahmasp, Iran (until 1568; gifted to Selim II); Sultan Selim II, Istanbul (from 1568); Sultan Selim III, Istanbul (by 1800); Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Paris (by 1903–d. 1934); his son, Baron Maurice de Rothschild, Paris and Pregny, near Geneva (by 1955–d. 1957); [ Stiebel Ltd., New York, until 1959; sold to Houghton]; Arthur A. Houghton Jr., New York (1959–70; gifted to MMA)
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