The Physicians' Duel
- Subject: Persian Miniature Painting
- Paint Material: Opaque watercolors
- Base Material: Paper with Islamic scripts (unframed)
- Size: 9 in. wide X 12 in. tall (23 cms X 30.5 cms)
- Age: Modern Handmade Art
- Country of origin: India
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Presenting a dazzling modern handmade reproduction Persian art from the Khamsa of Nizami, which is a lavishly illustrated manuscript of the Khamsa or "five poems" of Nizami Ganjavi, a 12th-century Persian poet.
According to the story, two rival physicians served at the same court. To determine who was superior, the two decided on a contest of skill. The first doctor offered the other a deadly pill. Although his rival swallowed it, he immediately rendered it harmless by taking a powerful antidote. He then picked a rose and breathed a spell on it before handing it to his competitor to smell. As soon as the rival sniffed it, he collapsed dead. The power of fear proved more lethal than actual poison.
The tale is illustrated with elegance, drama and extraordinary refinement. Although the triumphant physician's crocodile grimace and hand clap firat draw our attention, our eyes are lured into exploring each flower, vessel of fruit, or immaculately wound turban. The artwork is also rewarding as an accurate description of the costumes, noblemen, and settings at Shah Tahmasp's court
The modern artist has executed the painting in minute delicacy and it is Persian style art at its finest. The hand-painted artwork has been brilliantly achieved with use of meticulous brushwork and fine watercolors.
This painting is a splendid Persian miniature that demonstrates how much we can learn about a society and its aesthetic tastes through its art. When the society is as little known as that of the Middle East, the complex portrait of diverse peoples and activities and the exquisite artistic details the painting can break down our stereotypes of the region and open a new window into learning about the Islamic world.
And you have a chance right now to own and experience a sample of this Persian artwork at a very affordable value.