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The Story of Nushirwan and his Minister, "The Third Discourse on Diverse Events and Disorder in Life" from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami (1141-1209) (verso)

1555–65
Sheet: 32.7 x 21.8 cm (12 7/8 x 8 9/16 in.); Text area: 20.3 x 12.7 cm (8 x 5 in.)
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This scene is from the Makhzan al-Ashrar, the first of the Quintet. Although more historically oriented than the following poems, it served more as a vehicle for moralizing tales than for historical events. In this scene Nushirwan asks the sage Buzurgmihr to explain what the owls perched on a ruined building are saying. He explains that one owl is offering the other as many ruined cities as he likes in exchange for his daughter's hand. He thus reproves Nushirwan for his love of conquest and war and the consequent destruction of many cities.
The Story of Nushirwan and his Minister, "The Third Discourse on Diverse Events and Disorder in Life" from a  Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami (1141-1209) (verso)

The Story of Nushirwan and his Minister, "The Third Discourse on Diverse Events and Disorder in Life" from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami (1141-1209) (verso)

1555–65

Iran, Qazvin, Safavid period (1501-1722)

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