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Siavush Marries Farangis

Folio 104r from the first volume of a two-volume Shahnameh (Book of Kings)

  • Accession Number:AKM274
  • Creator:Painting by Mu'in Musavvir
  • Place:Isfahan, Iran
  • Dimensions:37.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Date:1654
  • Materials and Technique:Opaque watercolour, ink, and gold on paper

Love and marriage are two central themes in the Shahnameh that are used as tropes to explore ideas of valour and loyalty. Siavush, the son of Iranian King Kay Kavus, is celebrating his marriage to Farangis, the daughter of King Afrasiab, the Turanian enemy of Siavush’s father. The handsome prince sits with his bride on a raised platform while celebrations take place around a water feature in the palace courtyard. Little does Siavush know that the jealousy of other warriors in the court will cause him to send his beloved Farangis to his family in Iran and then have to walk through a raging fire to prove his innocence and loyalty to the king.

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