Farhad Kills Himself After Hearing the False News of Shirin’s Death

Farhad Kills Himself After Hearing the False News of Shirin’s Death

c. 1810

attributed to Amar Das Bhatti

(Indian, active 1800s)

Dana Bhatti

(Indian, active 1800s)

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 29.8 x 19.6 cm (11 3/4 x 7 11/16 in.); Miniature: 28.6 x 17.8 cm (11 1/4 x 7 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.198

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An Islamic town characterized by domes can be seen in the diminishing background.

Description

A man’s lifeless body is being observed by a group of women. A kneeling woman with a halo and wearing fine garments is Shirin, the beloved of the dead man, Farhad. Farhad cut a canal of milk through a mountain pass as a proof of his love, but on hearing the false news of her demise, he jumped off the mountain and killed himself.

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