This is the fourth painting to appear in the Bustan, and it is marked as page 89 in the manuscript. Here, a king astride a grey steed approaches a man who cursed him when his own mount became stuck in a mire. Though the king’s entourage urges him to kill the insolent man, the ruler does nothing of the sort. In an act of mercy and benevolence, he honours the man with gold, a horse, and a fur coat.
See AKM284 for an introduction to the Kulliyat (Collected Works) of Sa'di, and other paintings from this manuscript.
— Marika Sardar
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