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

    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)

    Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020). "The Feast of Sada", Folio from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp, ca. 1525. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970 (1970.301.2) | One day, Hushang spied a dragon lurking behind the rocks. He hurled a stone at it, which missed the monster but hit a larger rock, causing sparks to fly. Realizing the significance of this phenomenon, Hushang built a large fire and held a feast to celebrate its discovery.

    Youth kneeling and holding out a wine-cup - early 17th century. Safavid period. Ink and color wash on paper. Isfahan, Iran.

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

    Falnama (The Book of Omens)  |  Safavid period, 1550s  |  Iran, Qazvin  |  Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

    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

    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)

    "A Youth and a Noble Conversing by a Stream", Folio from a Dispersed Manuscript Object Name: Illustrated manuscript, folio Date: 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) Classification: Codices Credit Line: Gift of Richard Ettinghausen, 1975

    Queen of Sheba Ethiopia | ... HEROES: THE QUEEN OF SHEBA: King Solomon receives the Queen of Sheba

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