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

King Solomon (Sulaymān) enthroned; part of a double-page composition featuring also Queen Sheba (Bilqīs) from Collection of poems (divan), Walters Art Museum Ms. W.631, fol.2b by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

Book of Kings Walters Art museum Illuminated Manuscripts

Queen Sheba and King Solomon

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

"The Concourse of the Birds," folio from a Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds); Habiballah of Sava (active ca. 1590-1610)

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)

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)

Frontispiece: 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

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.

"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

Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)."Laila and Majnun in School", Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami, A.H. 931/A.D. 1524–25. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913 (13.228.7.7) | One of the best-known stories of Nizami’s Khamsa is that of Laila and Majnun, a tale akin to that of the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. This folio illustrates their meeting at the school where they fall in love at first sight.

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.

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)

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

Image detail for -Black History Heroes: The Queen of Sheba: Ethiopia's Queen Makeda

"The Concourse of the Birds", Folio from a Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds) Habiballah of Sava (active ca. 1590–1610) Poet: Farid al-Din `Attar (ca. 1142–1220) Iran, Isfahan

Princely Couple, 1400-1405. Iran. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956 (57.51.20)