Khusrau and Shirin

Poet Hatifi Iranian, active Istanbul
Calligraphy, illumination, and painting by Suzi

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460

This manuscript is a copy of the tale of Khusrau and Shirin composed by the Persian poet Hatifi, and shows the importance of Persian literature in the Ottoman world. It contains seven paintings, executed in a distinctive style, related to western Iranian tradition from the Aq Quyunlu, but also borrowing elements from European sources. The page shown depicts Khusrau riding on Shabdiz, his beautiful horse, while hunting. The calligraphy, illumination, gilding, and painting were completed by a single artist calling himself Suzi ("the burning one").

#6661. Overview: Ottoman Book Arts - Hatifi Manuscript, Part 1



  1. 6661. Overview: Ottoman Book Arts - Hatifi Manuscript, Part 1
  2. 6661. Overview: Ottoman Book Arts - Hatifi Manuscript
Khusrau and Shirin, Hatifi (Iranian, active Istanbul, died 1521), Main support: ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; binding: leather

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