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Painting in a manuscript, two main characters kneeling and embracing one another, inside a colourful palace, surrounding figures looking at them.
AKM274, Siavush Marries Farangis, Manuscript of Shahnameh (Book of Kings)

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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:Artist (painter): Mu'in Musavvir, Persian, 1638 - ca. 1698
    Author: Firdausi, Persian, ca. 935 - 1020
  • Place:Iran, Isfahan
  • Dimensions:37.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Date:1654 CE/1064 AH
  • 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.

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