Iran, Tabriz, Mongol Period / Nushirwan Holds a Banquet for his Minister Buzurgmihr:  Illustration from the "Demotte" Shahnama / 1330-1335Iran, Tabriz, Mongol Period
Nushirwan Holds a Banquet for his Minister Buzurgmihr: Illustration from the "Demotte" Shahnama

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Dates/Places: Iran, Tabriz, Mongol Period
Creator Active Place: Iran, Tabriz, Mongol Period
Creator Name-CRT: Iran, Tabriz, Mongol Period
Title: Nushirwan Holds a Banquet for his Minister Buzurgmihr: Illustration from the "Demotte" Shahnama
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1330
Creation End Date: 1335
Creation Date: 1330-1335
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: Opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions: Sheet: 59.3cm x 40.2cm, Image: 24cm x 22cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1959.330
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Provenance: Demotte, Homberg
Style or Period: Mongol period
Context: Mongol interest in the production of illustrated manuscripts evenutally focused on Persian epic poetry. The Shahnama, a compilation of the epics and tales of Iran's legendary heroes, was a natural choice; the book included many subjects that suited Mongol taste, such as banquets, battles, hunting, and magical or fantastic events.Seated on the throne in the center of the painting is the Sasanian ruler of Iran Khusraw I Anushirwan (531-79), descendent of Bahram Gur (seen killing the dragon in CMA 1943.658). Above the king's head is an inscription in Kufic reading, "Picture of Nushirvan the Just." The figure in the elaborate turban to the left of the king is probably the younger minister of Buzurgmihr, famous for his wisdom and virtue. To celebrate the explanation of a troublesome dream by Buzurgmihr, Nushirvan held a series of seven banquets. The text around this painting describes the fifth banquet.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1959.330
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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