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Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
early 19th century
Attributed to Iran
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Overall: H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm) W. 9 5/16 in. (23.7 cm) Image: H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) W. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Charles K. Wilkinson, 1986
Accession Number:
Not on view
This illustrated folio was probably cut from its original illustrated manuscript as a line of text appears along the bottom edge of the leaf. The image depicts a group of female attendants, musicians, and dancers surrounding a crowned central female figure who kneels on a golden throne. A crowned male figure kneels at the lower left. One attendant on the queen's right holds a traditional axe-shaped fan, while the attendant on her left holds a fan in the shape of a sunburst, often a symbol of imperial power. All the female attendants and musicians wear a striped cap which allows us to date the painting to around 1800. The subject matter of the painting and the manuscript from which it comes cannot be identified.
Charles K. Wilkinson, Sharon, CT (until d. 1986; bequeathed to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bazm and Razm: Fight and Fight in Persian Art,", no catalogue.

Titley, Norah. "A Catalogue and Subject Index of paintings from Persia, India, and Turkey in the British Library and the British Museum." In Miniatures from Persian Manuscripts. London: British Library, 1977. p. 129.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 45 (1987–1988). p. 11, ill. (b/w).

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