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.”
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.
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 (22.214.171.124) | 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.
"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
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.
Velvet, silk and silver lamella spun around silk. India or Iran; c. 1600 “The size and non-repetitive pattern of this monumental depiction of a woman standing in a lobed arch make it unique. It was first and foremost weavers from Safavid Iran who were known for making these technically unparalleled textiles, but we know from the biography of the Great Mughal Akbar that in around 1600, the Indians had come equally far in technical skill.