Khosrow and Shirin
Pigments and gold on paper
India, Deccan, Probably Golconda, circa 1700
Height: 26,4; Width: 27 cm
This charming painting is an example from a small group of paintings of distinctive style.
A painting from the same group showing Layla visiting Majnun is published in: Skelton, R. (1976) Islamic painting and the arts of the Book, the Keir Collection, London, p. 273, n° 104.
Another showing Majnun brought in front of Layla has been published in: Okada, A. (2003) Pouvoir et Désir, miniatures indiennes du San Diego Museum of Art, Nice, p. 107, n°38 and a very closely related one is kept in the Khalili collection (mss 935) and published in: Leach, L. Y. (1998) Paintings from India, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, New York: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, p. 236.
The painter is here using subtle symbols like the pearls in the jewellery worn by the princess used as a lyrical image for her tears.