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"Hurmuzd I's Last Testament to Prince Bahram I", Folio 535r from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp

Author:
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Artist:
Painting attributed to Aqa Mirak (active ca. 1525–60)
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1525–30
Geography:
Made in Iran, Tabriz
Medium:
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 6 5/8 x W. 7 3/32 in. (H. 16.8 x W. 18 cm) Entire Page: H. 18 11/16 x W. 12 5/8 in. (H. 47.5 x W. 32.1 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970
Accession Number:
1970.301.58
Not on view
Shapur and Mihrak's daughter have a son, who rules as Hurmuzd I, a just and prudent king. When he grows old and death is upon him, he calls for the crown prince Bahram I and exhorts him to rule with moderation.
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)
Barcelona. City History Museum of Barcelona. "The Human Condition: The Image of Man in Art," May 10, 2004–September 26, 2004, p. 176.

Mohl, Jules, ed. Le Livre des Rois. Vol. I. Paris, 1876. pp. 319-323.

Welch, Stuart Cary. A King's Book of Kings: the Shah-nameh of Shah Tahmasp. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. p. 195.

Dickson, Martin, and Stuart Cary Welch. The Houghton Shahnameh. Vol. vols. I & II. Cambridge, Mass. and London, England: Harvard University Press, 1981. vol. II, ill. pl. 220 (b/w).

"The Dream of a Shadow." In La Condicion Humana; The Human Condition. Barcelona: Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat de Barcelona (MHCB), 2004. pp. 176-177, ill. p. 176 (color).

Canby, Sheila R. "The Persian Book of Kings." In The Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp. Madrid, 2011. p. 240, ill. (color).

Canby, Sheila R. The Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp: The Persian Book of Kings. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014. pp. 282, 325, 328, ill. fol. 535r, full-page color ill. p. 282; detail pp. 325, 328.



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