Khusraw and Shirin at Polo
- 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. This painting is from Khusraw and Shirin, a romance set in Persia of Prince Khusraw and his love, Shirin.
The art depicts a vigorous game of polo that takes place at the center of the composition as spectators look on from the sides, an elaborately decorated building behind housing further spectators and musicians above. Lines of black Persian calligraphy arranged in columns describe the events.
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.