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MSS 1030 27b
MSS 1030 27b

Zahhak Receives the Daughters of Jamshid

MSS 1030, folio 27

Tabriz, Iran

1520s

MSS 1030 27b
MSS 1030 27b
MSS 1030 27a

Zahhak Receives the Daughters of Jamshid

MSS 1030, folio 27

Tabriz, Iran

1520s

ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper; margins heavily sprinkled with gold

text copied in a superior nasta‘liq script, with 22 lines to the page, arranged in 4 columns, two to a couplet; headings (on the recto) in riqa‘

47 x 31.8cm (folio); 27.3 x 17.1cm (written surface, recto); 32.7 x 21.6cm (maximum; illustration, verso)

Shahrnaz and Arnavaz, the two virtuous young daughters of the slain Iranian king Jamshid, are brought before Zahhak, trembling like a willow leaf.

 [For the Shahnamah of Shah Tahmasp, see MSS 1030]

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.300, pp.262–3.