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Bahram Gur visits the lady from Khwarazm in the blue pavilion

Bahram Gur visits the lady from Khwarazm in the blue pavilion

From a manuscript of Navaʾi, Sabʿa Sayyara (Seven planets), dated AH 960 (1553 AD), Bukhara

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS Elliott 318, fol 47r

Nizami’s tale of Bahram Gur visiting seven princesses was much imitated by later poets. One of the most significant versions was by Mir ʿAli Shir, known as Navaʾi, a courtier and close companion of Sultan Husayn Bayqara, at the Timurid court of Herat.

This outstanding miniature painting comes from a copy of Navaʾi’s telling of the tale in the Chaghatay Turkish language rather than Persian.