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"Rescue of Bizhan by Piran", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi

Author:
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1610
Geography:
Attributed to India, Deccan, Bijapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Page: 7 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. (20 x 12.1cm) Painting: 5 3/16 x 2 3/4 in. (13.2 x 7cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Gift of Wendy Findlay, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.354.1
Not on view
During the reign of Kai Khusrau of Iran, a youth named Bizhan fell in love with Manizha, a daughter of Kai Khusrau’s rival Afrasiyab of Turan. Upon learning that he was secretly living with Manizha, Afrasiyab sentenced Bizhan to death by hanging. The vizier Piran argued to spare Bizhan’s life, and instead, Bizhan was imprisoned in a pit sealed with a boulder.
Wendy Findlay, New York (by 1980–83; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy," April 20, 2015–July 26, 2015, no. 36.

Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "Opulence and Fantasy." In Sultans of Deccan India 1500–1700. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. no. 36, p. 107, ill. pl. 36 (color).



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