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Nushirwan Listens to the Owls (recto): The Story of Nushirwan and his Minister "The Third Discourse on Diverse Events and Disorder in Life" (verso)
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Culture
Iran, Qazvin, Safavid Period, 16th Century
Title
Nushirwan Listens to the Owls (recto): The Story of Nushirwan and his Minister "The Third Discourse on Diverse Events and Disorder in Life" (verso)
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Work Type
Manuscript
Date
1555-1565
Material
opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Measurements
Sheet: 32.7 x 21.8 cm (12 7/8 x 8 9/16 in.); Image: 20.3 x 12.7 cm (8 x 5 in.); Text area: 20.3 x 12.7 cm (8 x 5 in.)
Description
This scene is from the Makhzan al-Ashrar, the first of the Quintet. Although more historically oriented than the following poems, it served more as a vehicle for moralizing tales than for historical events. In this scene Nushirwan asks the sage Buzurgmihr to explain what the owls perched on a ruined building are saying. He explains that one owl is offering the other as many ruined cities as he likes in exchange for his daughter's hand. He thus reproves Nushirwan for his love of conquest and war and the consequent destruction of many cities.
script: Nasta'liq
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: Islamic Art
Department: Islamic Art
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
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Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
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File Properties
File Name
1944.487_full.tif
SSID
24593045

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