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"Bahram Gur Shows His Skill Hunting, while Fitna Watches", Folio from a Haft Paykar (Seven Portraits) of Nizami

Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
mid-16th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran
Medium:
Opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
W. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Page: H. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
W. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm )
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
30.56
Not on view
Excellence in the pursuits of hunting and archery were essential to a prince’s education, making him a stronger ruler and a formidable warrior. The Sasanian king Bahram V, also known as Bahram Gur, tries to impress his slave girl Fitna at the hunt. Instead she challenges him to pin an onager’s hoof to its ear. When he completes the difficult task, she angers him by attributing his skills to mere practice, a claim he later comes to accept.
[ Hassan Khan Monif, New York, until 1930; sold to MMA]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bazm and Razm: Fight and Fight in Persian Art,", no catalogue.

Katonah, NY. Katonah Museum of Art. "Islamic Insights: An Introduction to Islamic Art," March 16, 1980–May 25, 1980, no catalogue.

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