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Khusraw Observes Shirin Bathing

Miniature from the manuscript Khamsa by Nizami


Paper, gouache, gold 23.7 x 13.7 cm

This miniature to the poem Khusraw and Shirin is an illustration to a manuscript of Nizami's Khamsa, made for Shahrukh (1405-1447), son of Tamerlane. At that time miniatures and drawings executed on a single sheet to be inserted in albums predominated in pictorial court art. The miniature represents the moment when Khusraw comes towards a stream and sees a beautiful girl bathing; her beauty is compared with the moon, roses and almonds. The miniature forms an indivisible whole in terms of colour and composition with the text.


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