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Three horses galloping across a bare landscape. Painted in gouache on paper. Perhaps from a manuscript illustrating the capture of Rakhsh by Rustam, as described in the Shahnameh. Mid 16th century, Persian (modern Iran).

Three horses galloping across a bare landscape. Painted in gouache on paper. Perhaps from a manuscript illustrating the capture of Rakhsh by Rustam, as described in the Shahnameh. Mid 16th century, Persian (modern Iran).

A mythical tree, a vak-vak (or talking) tree.   The limbs of this type of tree terminate in the heads of different animals as well as humans.  The heads purportedly talked.  The image above (from a Persian miniature)  illustrates the legend that such a tree informed Alexander the Great of his early death.    (namopanik)

A mythical tree, a vak-vak (or talking) tree. The limbs of this type of tree terminate in the heads of different animals as well as humans. The heads purportedly talked. The image above (from a Persian miniature) illustrates the legend that such a tree informed Alexander the Great of his early death. (namopanik)

7 sufi masters trying to have one dream together (Persian drawing 12th century)

7 sufi masters trying to have one dream together (Persian drawing 12th century)

Painting by Riza-yi `Abbasi (ca. 1565–1635). The Lovers, dated A.H. 1039/ A.D. 1630. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Francis M. Weld Gift, 1950 (50.164)

Painting by Riza-yi `Abbasi (ca. 1565–1635). The Lovers, dated A.H. 1039/ A.D. 1630. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Francis M. Weld Gift, 1950 (50.164)

Ağaç motifleri - Cahide Keskiner

Ağaç motifleri - Cahide Keskiner

Cahide Keskiner - Minyatür Sanatında Doğa Çizim ve Boyama Teknikleri Değişik şekillerde ağaç boyamaları

Cahide Keskiner - Minyatür Sanatında Doğa Çizim ve Boyama Teknikleri Değişik şekillerde ağaç boyamaları

Persian Miniature Art: Tabriz Bookcover circa 1540 This magnificent cover is currently in the collection of the British Museum and is Plate 1 in Sheila Canby's book Persian Painting.

Persian Miniature Art: Tabriz Bookcover circa 1540 This magnificent cover is currently in the collection of the British Museum and is Plate 1 in Sheila Canby's book Persian Painting.

Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)."Laila and Majnun in School", Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami, A.H. 931/A.D. 1524–25. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913 (13.228.7.7) | One of the best-known stories of Nizami’s Khamsa is that of Laila and Majnun, a tale akin to that of the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. This folio illustrates their meeting at the  school where they fall in love at first sight.

Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)."Laila and Majnun in School", Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami, A.H. 931/A.D. 1524–25. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913 (13.228.7.7) | One of the best-known stories of Nizami’s Khamsa is that of Laila and Majnun, a tale akin to that of the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. This folio illustrates their meeting at the school where they fall in love at first sight.

Detail of Bahrain Qur Pins the Coupling Onagers from Shah Tahmasp's Shah-nama (Book of kings),   fol. 568r, by Mir Sayyid Ali, ca. 1533-35.   Tabriz, Persia. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper.   The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Detail of Bahrain Qur Pins the Coupling Onagers from Shah Tahmasp's Shah-nama (Book of kings), fol. 568r, by Mir Sayyid Ali, ca. 1533-35. Tabriz, Persia. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Shah Jahan Hunting Deer with Trained Cheetahs (detail), ca. 1710. Mughal.

Shah Jahan Hunting Deer with Trained Cheetahs (detail), ca. 1710. Mughal.

Persian Miniature Painting

Persian Miniature Painting

1628 A Woman Counting on her Fingers. Safavid, persian court painter Riza Abbasi.

1628 A Woman Counting on her Fingers. Safavid, persian court painter Riza Abbasi.

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Prince in a Garden Courtyard," 1525-30

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Prince in a Garden Courtyard," 1525-30

blue demon. Persian Paintings - Five Royal Safavid Manuscripts of the 16th Century by Stuart Cary Welch

blue demon. Persian Paintings - Five Royal Safavid Manuscripts of the 16th Century by Stuart Cary Welch

The Shahnameh. The Persian Book of Kings. A Poem of Myth and History by Abolqasem Fedusi. Written around 10th c the new prose translation   by Dick Davis is truly entertaining and fascinating

New Translation of 'Persian Book of Kings'

The Shahnameh. The Persian Book of Kings. A Poem of Myth and History by Abolqasem Fedusi. Written around 10th c the new prose translation by Dick Davis is truly entertaining and fascinating

A detail from Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp, facsimile by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by ParadigmTree via Flickr.

A detail from Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp, facsimile by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by ParadigmTree via Flickr.


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