Purchased with funds provided by Karim and Shainoor Khoja, Moez and Sultana Mangalji, and Minhaz and Farzana Vellani.
The Aga Khan Museum is committed to continually expanding its collection, and this showcase is dedicated to displaying new acquisitions. This painting, from an illustrated manuscript of poetry made in a 16th-century royal workshop, affirms the long tradition of Iranian rulers who were great connoisseurs of art and patrons of artists—a tradition said to have originated with King Kayumars, the legendary first king of Iran in Firdausi’s great epic tale, the Shahnameh (Book of Kings). The scene depicted here comes from the sixth chapter of the Masnavi-i Ma‘navi, in which a king describes to his three sons the joys and risks of exploring the world.
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