"Farhad Carves a Milk Channel for Shirin", Folio 74 from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami
- Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)
- Sultan Muhammad Nur (ca. 1472–ca. 1536)
- Mahmud Muzahhib
- Painting by Shaikh Zada
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- Folio from an illustrated manuscript
- A.H. 931/A.D. 1524–25
- Made in present-day Afghanistan, Herat
- Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
- Painting: H. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
W. 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm)
Page: H. 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm)
W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913
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In Nizami’s tale of Khusrau and Shirin, the princess Shirin has an ardent admirer in the talented sculptor and stonemason, Farhad. When Shirin desires milk from a herd of goats that graze in a distant field, Farhad sets to work cutting a channel from the goats’ mountain pastureland to a pool at the foot of Shirin’s palace. In this painting, Shirin visits Farhad upon his completion of the pool. At the very top of the composition, a goat cavorts in its hillside home.
F. R. Martin, Sweden; Alexander Smith Cochran, Yonkers, NY (until 1913; gifted to MMA)
Valentiner, William Reinhold. "The Cochran Collection of Persian Manuscripts." Museum of Metropolitan Art Bulletin, old series, vol. 8 (1913). pp. 80-86.
"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 71, pp. 180-181, ill. p. 181 (b/w).
Brend, Barbara. "Illustrations to Amir Khusrau's Khamsa." In Perspectives on Persian Painting. New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. p. 190.