"Rudaba's Maids Return to the Palace", Folio 71v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Painting attributed to 'Abd al-'Aziz (active first half 16th century) , with Qadimi and Qasim ibn 'Ali
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Made in Iran, Tabriz
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Painting: H. 12 5/16 x W. 9 7/16 in. (H. 31.3 x W. 23.9 cm) Entire Page: H. 18 1/2 x W. 12 1/2 in. (H. 47 x W. 31.8 cm)
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970
Not on view
Rudaba's maids hurry back to her palace, where they are chided by a guard for staying out so late. They respond that they have been picking flowers, then regale their mistress with stories of Zal's qualities.
Shah Tahmasp, Iran (until 1568; gifted to Selim II); 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; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A King's Book of Kings: Persian Miniatures from Shah Tahmasp's Shahnama of 1528," May 4, 1972–December 31, 1972, no catalog.
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