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Miniature painting
NM 0233 1918
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is an extraordinarily beautiful and well preserved illustration of a known story. The illustration shows the wise men in the garden. In front of a tree are a number of on-lookers. The details of nature, the mountain, the sky, and the garden are wonderfully shown. Parts originally painted in silver have oxidized.

History of the Object
The illustration is believed to belong to a manuscript dated to 1539 (the reign of the Safavids), composed by the calligrapher Shah Mohamed Nishapuri. It probably originated from Isfahan. The paintings illustrate the story of Shah u gada, the prince and the dervish, a mystical text about a man's love of God and his way to salvation.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Gouache, ink and paper 
Measurements
Width ca 9 cm Height ca 16 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Iran; isfahan 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 16th century 
Creation date
16th Century; Second half 
Function
Detached page from a Shah u gada manuscript. 
Acquisition
Gift to the National Museum from the Friends of the National Museum. Acquired from F. R. Martin, London. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The National Museum, Stockholm, deposited it at the Museum of Near Eastern and Mediterranean Antiquities. 
Museum
Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities 
Credit line
 

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