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    timur-i-lang: Qazvin school, Iran, ca. 1590-1600 “Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba, reclines besides a meandering stream while holding a love letter that the hoopoe, perched in a bush at her feet, will deliver to her beloved, King Solomon.”

    King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. 16th c. Persian art. Safavid period. Miniature Painting. © AISA/Everett Collection

    "The Feast of Sada", Folio from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp

    The Queen of Sheba Enthroned Object Name: Illustrated single work Date: late 19th–early 20th century Geography: Iran

    Young Lovers Embracing, 16th century. Iran, Qazvin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen Gift, in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, 1990 (1990.51)

    The Man and the Ruffian: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar, ca. 1600; Safavid Iran (Isfahan)

    "Birth of Zal", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)

    Queen Sheba and King Solomon

    Frontispiece: From a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar, ca. 1600; Safavid Iran (Isfahan)

    The Conference of the Birds: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar, ca. 1600; Safavid Iran (Isfahan)

    youth kneeling holding a wine cup 17s

    Qasim 'Ali of Shiraz (Iran). "A Scene of Conviviality at Court", Folio from a Divan (Collected Works) of Mir 'Ali Shir Nava'i, 1580. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913 (13.228.21.6).

    Falnama (The Book of Omens), 1550s. Safavid period (1501–1732). Iran, Qazvin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1935 (35.64.3) | This folio is from a manuscript of "The Book of Omens (the Falnama)," an illustrated divinatory book. Seven sleepers and their dog rest peacefully at the center, unaware of the outside commotion. #dogs

    "A Youth and a Noble Conversing by a Stream", Folio from a Dispersed ManuscriptDate: late 16th century Geography: Iran Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper Dimensions: 10.5 in. high 7.50 in. wide (26.7 cm high 19.1 cm wide) Metropolitan Museum of Art 1975.192.12

    Faraydun Strikes Zahhak With Ox Headed Mace (Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020 CE Persian): Shahnama (Book of Kings) (1525 CE Safavid Miniature Painting, Tabriz, Iran) -Sultan Muhammad)

    "Isfandiyar's Third Course: He Slays a Dragon" folio from Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp, 1530

    Safavid Iran, late 16th c.This painting is a rare depiction of a young woman applying henna to her feet, a ritual associated with rite of passage celebrations, specifically marriage, in Iran and surrounding regions. The subject chosen by this unknown artist reflects the increasing interest in depictions of everyday people and events that marked Safavid court painting at this time. The sitter’s right foot rests on a pile of henna leaves.

    The Lovers Artist: Painting by Riza-yi `Abbasi (ca. 1565–1635) Object Name: Illustrated single work Date: dated A.H. 1039/ A.D. 1630 Geography: Iran, Isfahan Culture: Islamic Medium: Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper Dimensions: Painting: H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm) W. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm) Page: H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm) W. 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm) Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm) Classification: Codices

    Marriage contract [Iran] (1979.518.5a-q) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Hero and Dragon Object Name: Illustrated single work Date: third quarter 16th century Geography: Iran, Qazvin Culture: Islamic Medium: Ink, watercolor, and gold on paper

    A seated youth in green robe ca. 1600-1610 Safavid period