In the illustration, Ḵosrow is seated on a hexagonal shaped elevated throne on the left. He wears a crown adossed with feathers, a long robe, boots, and a sword hanging from his belt. His facial features are nearly identical to the Ḵosrow portrayed in 3_Ḵosrow and one might assume that they are intended to be the same personage. Ḵosrow gazes toward the center of the painting, in the direction of a turbanned man wearing a long robe and topcoat, who stands before him holding the reins of a camel. He would appear to be a merchant or emissary. Further to the foreground is another, less distinguished, personage who might be identified as a caravan driver. His clothing, which includes a flat-top cap with kolāh, is of the same style as abundantly represented in Moʿin’s Esmāʿil manuscripts (cf. mss. L, M, and N). Three of the ten camels mentioned in the text, laden with goods, can be seen on the right. The setting is only summarily suggested: some delicate foliage behind Ḵosrow, and a hilly landscape in the right background. A cloth, on which three decanters are placed, is spread on the ground at the base of the throne.
Grube, Kraus, no.167.
Warner III, pp. 232-36.
Photo after Grube, no.167
Last Updated: July 5, 2015 | Originally published: July 5, 2015