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Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Bahram Gur visits the Greek lady in the white pavilion

Bahram Gur visits the Greek lady in the white 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 57v

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.

This image appears on the page: Bahram Gur

Love & devotion in the UK

The Bodleian Libraries is showing its own presentation of the Love and devotion exhibition at the Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, in Oxford, England, between 29 November 2012 and 28 April 2013.

Learn more about how you can visit this exhibition on the Bodleian Libraries website.


Love and devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads

This two-day conference held in April 2012 featured distinguished international guests and Australian specialists exploring cultural convergences in literature, the arts and architecture, history and philosophy within Persia's cultural sphere and Europe, from the 11th century to the present day.

For information on keynote speakers & topics discussed, visit our conference page

Visit the exhibition

The Love and devotion exhibition took place from 9 March to 1 July 2012. In-depth information about the exhibits and themes can be found on this website.

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