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"Manuchihr Welcomes Sam but Orders War upon Mihrab", Folio from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp

Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)

Artist:
Painting attributed to 'Abd al-'Aziz (active first half 16th century)
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1525
Geography:
Iran, Tabriz
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 11 1/16 x W. 7 1/4 in. (H. 28.1 x W. 18.4 cm) Entire Page: H. 18 9/16 x W. 12 1/2 in. (H. 47.1 x W. 31.8 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970
Accession Number:
1970.301.9
  • Description

    Sam arrived at the imperial court and was received by Shah Manuchihr, who listened with admiration as he reported on the victories and adventures of the campaign. However, when Sam broached the subject of his son Zal marrying his beloved Rudaba, the Shah would have none of it. Instead, he commanded Sam to leave at once for a war of annihilation against King Mihrab, Rudaba’s father. The artist, an assistant to Sultan Muhammad, has charmingly depicted a standard court scene populated by squat Turkman-type figures.

  • Provenance

    Shah Tahmasp, Iran (until 1568); 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)

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