Persian Miniature Painting: Khusrau discovers Chirin

Khusrau discovers Chirin

Plate 68. Persia, mid 16th century, Ducote Collection, Paris.

La Miniature En Orient by Ernst Kuhnel 1925

Pl. 68: From a lost manuscript of the poems of Nizami. This scene in the second poem, Khusrau and Chirin, is one of the favorite scenes of the Persian Masters, and one of most often dealt with. King Khusrau emerges from the mountains unseen and sees the beautiful Chirin who has dismounted and disrobed to bath in the brook. The board is damaged. The execution points to Sultan Mohammed or Abdullah (Mozahheb) the Gilder.

Translator’s Note:

Attribution: Persia, mid 16th century

Related Work:

Lowery, Glenn D. and Nemazee Susan. A Jeweler’s Eye. Washington DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Smithsonian Institution, University of Washington Press, 1988. Cover, Page 194 -5, plate 65

Note: My ongoing translation and commentary on “La Miniature En Orient” is a work in progress. I am publishing it one plate at a time in no particular order. I flip through the book and look for one that looks fun and then I do that one next. I suppose the order in which I publish them says something about my taste in art. My primary goal with this project is not to teach you about Islamic Art but rather it is to teach myself a little about Islamic Art. If I make an error please let me know. I am also doing the project this way so that if I make an error perhaps one of you will catch it for me. By the way I also decided that this would be a chance to learn a little more French, since I barely know enough to make it through a menu in a French Restaurant.