Sep 14, 2010

Khusrau Surprising Shirin While Bathing

Khusrau Surprising Shirin While Bathing

1550–99

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Silk: velvet, pile-warp substitution

Mounted: 44.5 x 26.7 cm (17 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.499

Location

Description

These velvet fragments depict an episode from the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami (1141–1209), in which the lovers Khusrau and Shirin first see each other. A pre-Islamic king of Iran, Khusrau has fallen in love with Shirin after seeing her portrait and is traveling to meet her when he happens across her bathing in a stream. Not yet realizing that she is Shirin, Khusrau is transfixed by the woman’s beauty and covets both her and her magnificent black horse. The horse’s mane is just visible here, and she has placed her crown and tunic atop a branch.

See also
Collection: 
T - Islamic
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Velvet

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