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Name of Object:

Khusraw Hunting, folio from Khusraw and Shirin


New York, United States of America

Holding Museum:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Dated Hegira 904 / AD 1498–99

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Main support: ink, opaque watercolour, and gold on paper; binding: leather

Period / Dynasty:



Probably Istanbul or Amasya, Turkey


This painting from a manuscript of Khusraw and Shirin by the poet Hatifi demonstrates the importance of Persian literature in the Ottoman world. The manuscript contains seven paintings, executed in a distinctive style related to western Iranian tradition from the Aq Quyunlu but also borrowing elements from European sources. This scene depicts Khusraw riding on his horse Shabdiz while hunting. A poem on the final page of the manuscript identifies the sole artist of the work, who completed the calligraphy, illumination, gilding, and painting, as Suzi (“the burning one”).

Additional Copyright Information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1969

Citation of this web page:

 "Khusraw Hunting, folio from Khusraw and Shirin" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;us;Mus23;36;en&id=paintings

MWNF Working Number: US3 36

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