PERSIAN VERSES: THE FORTIETH YEAR OF KING KISRA NUSHIRWAN'S REIGN AND THE STORY OF BUZURGMIHR (RECTO); PORTRAIT OF NUSHIRWAN THE JUST (VERSO) FROM A SHAHNAMA (BOOK OF KINGS) OF FIRDAUSI (940–1019 OR 1025)
June 30, 1330
Persian Verses: The Fortieth Year of King Kisra Nushirwan's Reign and the Story of Buzurgmihr (recto); Portrait of Nushirwan the Just (verso) from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi (940–1019 or 1025)
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Iran, Tabriz, Ilkhanid period
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Sheet: 59.3 x 40.2 cm (23 3/8 x 15 13/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1959.330
Mongol interest in the production of illustrated manuscripts eventually focused on Persian epic poetry. The Shahnama, a compilation of the epics and tales of Iran's legendary heroes, was a natural choice; the book included many subjects that suited Mongol taste, such as banquets, battles, hunting, and magical or fantastic events.
Seated on the throne in the center of the painting is the Sasanian ruler of Iran, Khusraw I Anushirwan (531–579), descendant of Bahram Gur. Above the king's head an inscription reads, "Picture of Nushirwan the Just." The figure in the elaborate turban to the left of the king is probably the young Minister Buzurgmihr, famous for his wisdom and virtue. To celebrate the explanation of a troublesome dream by Buzurgmihr, Nushirwan held a series of seven banquets. The text around this painting describes the fifth banquet.
(Georges Demotte [1877-1923], New York, NY)
(Mrs. Paul [Marguerite] Mallon [d. 1977], Paris and New York, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 278 archive.org
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Year in Review - Nineteen Hundred Sixty. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (November 30, 1960-January 1, 1961).
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