"Nushirvan Eating Food Brought by the Sons of Mahbud", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Author: Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)

Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript

Date: 1330s

Geography: Attributed to Iran, Tabriz

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952

Accession Number: 52.20.2


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.