"The Wedding of Siyavush and Farangis", Folio 185v 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)
Mir Musavvir (active 1525–60)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Made in Iran, Tabriz
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Painting: H. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 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
Circumstances of his father’s making force Siyavush, son of the Iranian shah Kai Kavus, into exile in Turan, the neighboring power and chief enemy of Iran. There he marries Farangis, daughter of the king Afrasiyab, and fathers the future shah of Iran, Kai Khusrau. In this painting, the couple celebrate their wedding night inside a pavilion, while musicians serenade them from the terrace. Mir Musavvir, the artist who supervised this painting, was known for his romantic temperament, expressed by the lovers’ embrace and the merry entertainers.
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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