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Bahram Shah Visiting the Red Pavilion on Tuesdays

This detached folio from an illustrated manuscript depicts the visit of the Persian king Bahram Gur to the Slavic princess of the red pavilion, an episode in the twelfth-century love poem Haft Paykar (Seven Beauties), part of the famous five-poem Khamsa by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi (1140–1202). The title of the chapter and some lines from the poem are incorporated into the architecture at the top and bottom of the scene. In order to correspond with the poem’s description of the palace, the artist selected red as the dominant color.

Iran, (Shiraz)
Bahram Shah Visiting the Red Pavilion on Tuesdays, from Nizami’sKhamsa Quintet
Safavid Dynasty, early-mid-16th century
Tempera, ink, and gold on paper
11 5/8 x 7 1/4 in. (29.52 x 18.41 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope, 60.40