"Sudaba's Second Accusation Against Siyavush is Judged", Folio 164v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Painting attributed to Qasim ibn 'Ali (active ca. 1525–60)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Made in Iran, Tabriz
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Painting: H. 11 1/8 in. (28.2 cm) W. 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm) Page: H. 18 5/8 in. (47.3 cm) W. 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm) Mat: H. 22 in. (55.9 cm) W. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970
Not on view
Sudaba gets hold of stillborn twins, claiming they were me result of her rape by Siyavush and that their miscarriage was brought about by her distress. Kai Kavus now summons his astrologers, but they rule that the twins could not be children of Kai Kavus or Sudaba. She accuses the astrologers of lying in fear of punishment from Siyavush and Rustam.
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); 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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