"Nushirvan Eating Food Brought by the Sons of Mahbud", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to Iran, Tabriz
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Page: H. 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm)
W. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm)
Painting: H. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm)
W. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm)
Mat: H. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
W. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952
Not on view
This page once formed part of a now-dispersed manuscript known as the Great Mongol Shahnama, believed to have been produced in the 1330s at Tabriz. A large-scale work, it would have once contained nearly 300 folios with almost 200 paintings. The subject of this beautifully painted folio is unclear as its imagery does not relate directly to its surrounding text, but it likely represents the king Nushirvan dining.
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