- Museum number
The sculptor, Farhad, left, and a male figure, perhaps Khusrau, right, stand on either side of the canal built to supply Shirin with the milk of goats and cows, taken from the Khamseh of Nizami. On the other side of a small stream stand six goats. A rocky landscape with minimal foliage decorates the background. Text at the top of the page has been overpainted. Painted in opaque watercolour on paper.
- Production date
- 1610 (circa)
Height: 16.30 centimetres (image)
Height: 29 centimetres (sheet)
Width: 10.90 centimetres (image)
Width: 24.60 centimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- Out of love for the Persian king, Khusrau, the Armenian queen, Shirin, abandoned her throne and took up residence in the unhealthy region of Kirmanshah. To slake Shirin's thirst for milk, a sculptor named Farhad was employed to fashion a canal that would run from distant pastures and carry the milk of goats and cows to Shirin's palace. The text panels on this page were probably removed when the painting was mounted in an album.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1976 13 Apr-11 Jul, BM, 'Paintings from the Muslim Courts of India'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From an album of 51 folios (Or 1372, 1920,0917,0.255-303) acquired by the British Museum in 1875 from Sir Charles Murray (1806-1895). Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB) in 1920.
- Middle East
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