"Bizhan Receives an Invitation through Manizha's Nurse", Folio 300v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Painting attributed to 'Abd al-Vahhab assisted by Mir Musavvir
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Made in Iran, Tabriz
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Painting: H. 12 5/8 x W. 7 1/4 in. (H. 32.1 x W. 18.4 cm)
Entire Page: H. 18 11/16 x W. 10 5/8 in. (H. 47.5 x W. 27 cm)
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970
Not on view
Bizhan's envious companion, Gurgin, suggests they attend a festival near Irman but over the border, in Turan, and abduct the prettiest girls. Bizhan enters a grove alone to spy on the girls, but Manizha, the daughter of Afrasiyab, notices him and sends her maid to learn all she can about him. When the maid reports that Bizhan has told her, Manizha invites him to her tent.
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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