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Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d.1209); verso: Khusraw and Shirin are feasting at night in a desert encampment; recto: text, Barbod recites a poem about Khusraw's infatuation

Safavid period

Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H: 31.1 W: 19.7 cm
Shiraz, Iran


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