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Title:Bahram Gur visits the Green Pavilion, from the Haft Paykar (Seven Beauties), illustrated folio from a manuscript of the Khamsa of Nizami
Date Made:ca. 1560-1590 (Safavid Period, 1501–1732)
Type:Painting; Book/Manuscript/Document
Materials:Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Place Made:Asia; Iran; Shiraz
Measurements:Mat: 20 in x 15 15/16 in; 50.8 cm x 40.48125 cm; Sheet: 15 1/16 in x 11 1/2 in; 38.25875 cm x 29.21 cm; Image: 12 13/16 in x 8 1/2 in; 32.54375 cm x 21.59 cm
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTION: recto, ctr. l. (graphite): Bloquillel/c llen [ill.] dees coqiulle 33..hh'l
Accession Number:  MH 1967.6.A(c).PI
Credit Line:Purchase with the Susan and Bernard Schilling (Susan Eisenhart, Class of 1932) Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Recto: A court scene divided into four vignettes by frames of brightly colored geometric patterns. To the right, a man and woman dressed in turquoise robes sit beneath a blue and turquoise dome; each extends an arm toward the other, with the man offering a small bowl to the woman. The couple sits at the top of a circle of fourteen women depicted in brightly colored robes; two play tambourines, another plays what appears to be a sitar, and the foremost dances while holding a scarf in each hand. Above and below this group are bands of Persian text. To the left, there are three smaller vignettes. The topmost shows two woman looking out a window at the scene on the right of the page; the middle depicts two women standing in a doorway, again looking at the court scene to the right; and the bottom shows a bearded man in a turban either sitting or standing on one leg and looking at the main court scene. The entire illustration is edged with a multicolor border, though the left border is clearly from another sheet that has been added to replace a loss.
Verso: Four columns of Persian text in black ink surrounded by a multicolor border. Between each column of text there is a stylized (floral?) pattern border. There is a brightly colored box that interrupts the two center columns near the top of the text that frames a short passage of text written in white. On the right, there is a partial column of text visible on the sheet that had been added to finish the border for the scene on the recto.

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