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"Mihrab Vents His Anger Upon Sindukht", Folio from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp

Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)

Artist:
Painting attributed to Qadimi (active ca. 1525–65)
Artist:
Painting attributed to 'Abd al-Vahhab
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1525–30
Geography:
Iran, Tabriz
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 10 15/16 in. (27.8 cm) W. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm) Page: H. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm) W. 12 7/16 in. (31.6 cm) Mat: H. 22 in. (55.9 cm) W. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970
Accession Number:
1970.301.11
  • Description

    When Mihrab of Kabul first heard of his daughter Rudaba’s secret love affair with Zal, he wanted to kill her, but his wife Sindukht persuaded him that Sam, Zal’s father, had agreed to the alliance. Now, when Mihrab learned that Shah Manuchihr had ordered Sam to destroy his house, Mihrab’s anger arose anew against his wife for falsely quelling his former fears. Sindukht then suggested that she visit Sam at his camp, bringing gifts from Mihrab’s treasury. Desperate to save his kingdom, Mihrab allowed his wife to undertake the mission. The decorous depiction of Sindukht and Mihrab in her chamber gives little indication of the heated emotions of their exchange.

  • 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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