"Bahram Gur Sees a Herd of Deer Mesmerized by Dilaram' s Music", Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khusrau Dihlavi
Amir Khusrau Dihlavi (1253–1325)
Attributed to Miskin (active ca. 1570–1604)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to India
Main support: ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Margins: gold on dyed paper
9 5/8 x 5 15/16in. (24.5 x 15.1cm)
Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913
Not on view
Approximately one century after the Persian poet Nizami wrote his Khamsa (Quintet), the Indian poet Amir Khusrau Dihlavi composed a response using Nizami’s structure but varying his stories slightly. This painting comes from the Mughal emperor Akbar’s (r. 1556–1605) personal copy of Amir Khusrau’s verses. It shows the king Bahram Gur with his beautiful slave girl, Dilaram, who could make animals sleep or awaken with the sound of her music.
Alexander Smith Cochran, Yonkers, NY (until 1913; gifted to MMA)
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