"Mihrab Vents His Anger Upon Sindukht", Folio 83v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Painting attributed to Qadimi (active ca. 1525–65)
Painting attributed to 'Abd al-Vahhab
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Made in Iran, Tabriz
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
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)
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970
Not on view
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.
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)
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