Mihras, The Envoy Of Ceasar, Offers Nushirvan The Treasure Of Rum (Text, Recto; Painting And Text, Verso), Illustrated Folio From A Manuscript Of The Shahnama Of Firdawsi.
verso © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unknown Artist
Mihras, the Envoy of Ceasar, Offers Nushirvan the Treasure of Rum (text, recto; painting and text, verso), illustrated folio from a manuscript of the Shahnama of Firdawsi.
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Shahnama
Work Type
manuscript folio
c. 1330
Creation Place: Middle East, Iraq, Baghdad?
Ilkhanid period
Physical Descriptions
Ink and gold on paper
folio: 26.1 x 9.6 cm (10 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Goelet
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Publication History

Marianna Shreve Simpson, "The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts" (1979), Garland Publishing, Inc., fig. 94

Marianna Shreve Simpson, Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1980), pp. 23-25, no. 4, ill.

40 Years On... Donations by John Goelet: Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings, Miniatures and Calligraphy, Tankas and Mandala, M. T. Train / Scala Books (New York, NY, 2000), page 152, 235

Exhibition History

Arab and Persian Painting, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/10/1981 - 03/09/1981

Islamic Art and the Written Word, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/05/1983 - 11/27/1983

Islamic Art: The Power of Pattern, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/23/1989 - 01/17/1990

Paintings for Princes: The Art of the Book in Islam, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/27/1990 - 03/25/1990

Transformations: Asia East and West, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/19/1992 - 02/14/1993

Courts and Countryside: Islamic Paintings from the 14th through the 17th century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/21/1999 - 08/22/1999

Word and Image in Persian Painting, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2013 - 03/30/2013

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted