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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2002.50.147
Title
Bahram Gur in the Sandalwood Pavilion, from the Haft paykar
Other Titles
Former Title: Bahram Gur in the Sandalwood Pavilion (painting, recto; text, verso), folio from a manuscript of the Khamsa (Haft Paykar) by Nizami
Series/Book Title: Khamsa (Haft Paykar) by Nizami
Classification
Manuscripts
Work Type
manuscript folio
Date
1584
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Shiraz
Period
Safavid period
Culture
Persian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/146581
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
40 x 26.1 cm (15 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)
Provenance
[Mansour Gallery, London, 1994 or 1995], sold; to Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood, Belmont, MA (1994 or 1995 - 2002), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2002.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art
Accession Year
2002
Object Number
2002.50.147
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This painting depicts Bahram Gur’s visit, on the sixth day, to the sandalwood pavilion of Princess Yaghme, the daughter of the emperor of China. The couple is dressed in garments that match the color of the pavilion, here articulated in pale yellow and washed peach. The princess offers her husband pomegranates on a golden tray; he holds a winecup. They are attended by Yaghme’s ladies-in-waiting, female musicians, and other servants. Although the text describes a pavilion furnished with Chinese treasures, it is depicted here as richly decorated with tiles, wall paintings, and carpets in Persianate style.

Published Catalogue Text: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art , written 2013
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Bahram Gur in the Sandalwood Pavilion, from the Haft paykar
Recto: text and illustration, with title “Bahram goes on Thursday to the Sandalwood pavilion”
Verso: text
Folio: 40 × 26.1 cm (15 3/4 × 10 1/4 in.)
2002.50.147

This painting depicts Bahram Gur’s visit, on the sixth day, to the sandalwood pavilion of Princess Yaghme, the daughter of the emperor of China. The couple is dressed in garments that match the color of the pavilion, here articulated in pale yellow and washed peach. The princess offers her husband pomegranates on a golden tray; he holds a winecup. They are attended by Yaghme’s ladies-in-waiting, female musicians, and other servants. Although the text describes a pavilion furnished with Chinese treasures, it is depicted here as richly decorated with tiles, wall paintings, and carpets in Persianate style.

Mika M. Natif

Publication History

Mary McWilliams, ed., In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2013), p. 247, cat. 111, ill.

Exhibition History

In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2013 - 06/01/2013

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