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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 ( | 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.

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

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.