Woman dancer Persian Painting Musee du Louvre. Manuscript. Inv. 7131 Later Safavid painting of Isfahan Iran -- Isfahan Safavids - Iran -- 17th century Women dancers c. 1630 Current Exhibition Site Musee du Louvre
From an exhibition of Persian miniature paintings organized in 2005 by the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
The simurgh is depicted in Iranian art, gigantic enough to carry off an elephant or a whale. It appears as a kind of peacock. The simurgh is inherently benevolent. This giant birdlike creature is so old that it has seen the world destroyed three times over, and thus possesses the knowledge of all the ages.