Bahram Gur Entertained by the Daughters of Barzin", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
Text block: 6 3/16 x 4 13/16 in. (15.7 x 12.2 cm) Painting: 2 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. (6 x 12.1 cm)
This scene from the First Small Shahnama takes place around the pool in the garden of a squire named Barzin. Bahram Gur lost his favorite black falcon and during his search for it he came to Barzin's estate, where he was entertained by Barzin's three delightful daughters-a harpist, a singer, and a dancer-all of whom he took with him as his wives.