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Khusraw at the castle of Shirin, from a manuscript of the Khusraw and Shirin by Nizami  early 15th century  Timurid period

Khusraw at the castle of Shirin, from a manuscript of the Khusraw and Shirin by Nizami early 15th century Timurid period

The Son Who Mourned His Father: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar, ca. 1487; Timurid Iran (Herat)

The Son Who Mourned His Father: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar, ca. 1487; Timurid Iran (Herat)

Miniatures, Gouache, 23.7x13.7 cm. Origin: Iran, 1431-1431, Timurid Dynasty. Album: The Khamsa by Nizami. Personage: Khusraw. Source of entry: Museum of the Stieglitz School, 1924. School: Herat. Theme: Literature.

Miniatures, Gouache, 23.7x13.7 cm. Origin: Iran, 1431-1431, Timurid Dynasty. Album: The Khamsa by Nizami. Personage: Khusraw. Source of entry: Museum of the Stieglitz School, 1924. School: Herat. Theme: Literature.

Iran, 1431-1431, Timurid Dynasty Album: The Khamsa by Nizami Personage: Khusraw

Khusraw and Shirin in front of the Tents -

Iran, 1431-1431, Timurid Dynasty Album: The Khamsa by Nizami Personage: Khusraw

Khusraw and Shirin in front of the Tents

Khusraw and Shirin in front of the Tents -

Khusraw and Shirin in front of the Tents

Layla and Majnun Faint on Meeting

Layla and Majnun Faint on Meeting -

Layla and Majnun Faint on Meeting

Folio from an unidentified text; Prince and Princess in a Garden  circa 1480  Turkoman period  Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper  H: 25.4 W: 16.1 cm  Iran

Folio from an unidentified text; Prince and Princess in a Garden circa 1480 Turkoman period Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper H: 25.4 W: 16.1 cm Iran

Miniatures, Gouache, 23.7x13.7 cm. Origin: Iran, 1431-1431, Timurid Dynasty. Album: The Khamsa by Nizami. Personage: Bahram Gur. Source of entry: First Branch of the State Hermitage Museum, 1924. School: Herat. Theme: Literature.

Bahram Gur in the Jellow Pavilion -

Miniatures, Gouache, 23.7x13.7 cm. Origin: Iran, 1431-1431, Timurid Dynasty. Album: The Khamsa by Nizami. Personage: Bahram Gur. Source of entry: First Branch of the State Hermitage Museum, 1924. School: Herat. Theme: Literature.

Princely Couple Object Name: Illustrated single work Date: 1400–1405 Geography: Iran, possibly Tabriz Culture: Islamic Medium: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Dimensions: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 12 9/16 in. (31.9 cm) Classification: Codices

Princely Couple Object Name: Illustrated single work Date: 1400–1405 Geography: Iran, possibly Tabriz Culture: Islamic Medium: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Dimensions: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 12 9/16 in. (31.9 cm) Classification: Codices

Folio from an unidentified text; recto : inscription and seal; verso: A prince enthroned, surrounded by attendants circa 1425-1430 Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper H: 21.7 W: 13.4 cm  Herat, Afghanistan  Purchase--Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler S1986.142.1

Folio from an unidentified text; recto : inscription and seal; verso: A prince enthroned, surrounded by attendants circa 1425-1430 Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper H: 21.7 W: 13.4 cm Herat, Afghanistan Purchase--Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler S1986.142.1

1431 - Timurid: This is one of the three miniatures illustrating the poem Iskandar-Nameh in the Hermitage's famous Persian manuscript of the Khamsa, an anthology of five poems by the 12th-century poet Nizami, who lived on the territory of present-day Azerbaijan. In 1431 this manuscript of the Khamsawas copied out in Herat by the calligrapher Mahmud for Sultan Shahrukh , son of the legendary Tamerlaine .  Iskandar-Nameh, or The Book of Alexander, is the last poem in the Khamsa and tells of…

Iskandar and Nushabeh -

1431 - Timurid: This is one of the three miniatures illustrating the poem Iskandar-Nameh in the Hermitage's famous Persian manuscript of the Khamsa, an anthology of five poems by the 12th-century poet Nizami, who lived on the territory of present-day Azerbaijan. In 1431 this manuscript of the Khamsawas copied out in Herat by the calligrapher Mahmud for Sultan Shahrukh , son of the legendary Tamerlaine . Iskandar-Nameh, or The Book of Alexander, is the last poem in the Khamsa and tells of…

Shirin Examines the Portrait of Khusraw

Shirin Examines the Portrait of Khusraw -

Shirin Examines the Portrait of Khusraw

A copy of Farid al-din Attar’s Mantiq al-tayr, Western Iran; c. 1400.  The Sufi poet Farid al-din Attar’s Conference of the Birds is a frame story whose central figure, a hoopoe, is a kind of spiritual leader for a number of other birds. This miniature (fol. 37 verso) is from one of the book’s explanatory anecdotes about how the devout Arab Sheikh Sanan falls in love with a Christian maiden from Rum (Byzantium).    It has not yet been determined whether the manuscript is Jalayiri

A copy of Farid al-din Attar’s Mantiq al-tayr, Western Iran; c. 1400. The Sufi poet Farid al-din Attar’s Conference of the Birds is a frame story whose central figure, a hoopoe, is a kind of spiritual leader for a number of other birds. This miniature (fol. 37 verso) is from one of the book’s explanatory anecdotes about how the devout Arab Sheikh Sanan falls in love with a Christian maiden from Rum (Byzantium). It has not yet been determined whether the manuscript is Jalayiri

Arts of the Islamic World | <em>Zulaykha's Maids Entertain Yusuf in the Garden</em>, from a Yusuf and Zulaykha</u> by Jami (d. 1492) | S1986.55.1

Arts of the Islamic World | <em>Zulaykha's Maids Entertain Yusuf in the Garden</em>, from a Yusuf and Zulaykha</u> by Jami (d. 1492) | S1986.55.1

Origin: Iran, 1431-1431, Timurid Dynasty  This is one of the 12 miniatures illustrating the poem Khusraw and Shirin in the Hermitage's famous Persian manuscript of the Khamsa, an anthology of five poems by the 12th-century poet Nizami, who lived on the territory of present-day Azerbaijan. In 1431 this manuscript of the Khamsa was copied out in Herat by the calligrapher Mahmud for Sultan Shahrukh , son of the legendary Tamerlaine .  Khusraw and Shirin is the first poem in the literature of…

Farhad Carries Shirin and her Horse on his Shoulders -

Origin: Iran, 1431-1431, Timurid Dynasty This is one of the 12 miniatures illustrating the poem Khusraw and Shirin in the Hermitage's famous Persian manuscript of the Khamsa, an anthology of five poems by the 12th-century poet Nizami, who lived on the territory of present-day Azerbaijan. In 1431 this manuscript of the Khamsa was copied out in Herat by the calligrapher Mahmud for Sultan Shahrukh , son of the legendary Tamerlaine . Khusraw and Shirin is the first poem in the literature of…

The Battle of Khusraw and Bahram Chubina

The Battle of Khusraw and Bahram Chubina -

The Battle of Khusraw and Bahram Chubina