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recto: Bahram Gur taunted by his lover shoots two wild asses with one arrow. Folio from Haft Paikar (Seven beauties) verso: frontispiece, four columns of text written in nasta'liq script

late 16th century


Unknown Artist

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    recto: Bahram Gur shooting two asses, left side of a frontispiece from a manuscript of the Haft Paikar
    Place where the work was made
    Cultural origin
    Qazvin or Shiraz
    late 16th century
    Media categories
    Painting , Miniature , Manuscripts
    Materials used
    opaque watercolour on paper
    20.5 x 11.5 cm
    Gift of Dr Nigel and Mrs Norma Hawkins 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
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  • About

    Whilst originating in what is now Iran, the traditions of Persian poetry and story-telling through text and illuminations held a great sphere of influence over neighbouring empires. Patrons of the Ottoman Turks and the Indian Mughals commissioned poets and artisans to retell the dramatic episodes of love in the courts and bloodshed on the battlefields. A number illuminate the Persian epics that celebrate love and heroism such as the Shahnama (Book of Kings) completed by Abu’l Qasim Firdausi in 1010 CE and the Haft Pakyar (The seven beauties) written by Nizami Ganjavi in 1197. While the works remain secular they are laden with moralistic and legendry tales laced with historical figures and events. A hero of both epics is Bahram Gur whose character derives from the historical Sasanian king, Bahram V.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications