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Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper
Overall: 32.5 x 22.1 cm (12 13/16 x 8 11/16 in.); Recto Image: 27.7 x 10.3 cm (10 7/8 x 4 1/16 in.); Verso image: 26.3 x 20.7 cm (10 3/8 x 8 1/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1945.169
Seemingly uninterested in the emissaries and gifts, a prince kneels with six royal women under an open tent and tries to coax one to have a drink.
The painting on the verso of this folio is the first half of a double-page frontispiece now detached from a Shah-nama manuscript (see CMA 1956.10 for the second half of the frontispiece). The scene does not illustrate a narrative from the Shah-nama, but is likely a representation of the courtly audience for whose entertainment the manuscript was created. The date and style of the painting indicate that it was made during the reign of the Timurid dynasty in Shiraz, Iran.
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