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In Persian mythology, peris are descended from fallen angels who have been denied paradise until they have done penance. In earlier sources they are described as agents of evil; later, they are benevolent. They are exquisite, winged, fairy-like creatures ranking between angels and evil spirits.

In Persian mythology, peris are descended from fallen angels who have been denied paradise until they have done penance. In earlier sources they are described as agents of evil; later, they are benevolent. They are exquisite, winged, fairy-like creatures ranking between angels and evil spirits.

Painting by Sandro Botticelli, ca 1490,  The Virgin adoring the slleeping Christ child.

Painting by Sandro Botticelli, ca 1490, The Virgin adoring the slleeping Christ child.

MOREAU, Gustave  [French Symbolist Painter, 1826-1898]  Mosesc. 1893Oil on canvas, 173 x 128 cmMusée National Gustave-Moreau, Paris

MOREAU, Gustave [French Symbolist Painter, 1826-1898] Mosesc. 1893Oil on canvas, 173 x 128 cmMusée National Gustave-Moreau, Paris

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