|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)|
|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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