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Manuscript N, jkjk_119

After Overthrowing the King of Širvān, Shah Esmāʿil Holds an Audience with His Followers

Location: The David Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark, #84/1980.
Mount: Dark blue mount with gold 35.8 x 23.4 cm. Orange collar.
Written surface: 23.4 x 15.2 cm;
Painting: 12.3 x 15.2 cm.
Text references: J.K., p.119 lines 4 to 15.
See Savory, SA_1979, pp. 32-33 for this event in the History of Shah ʿĀbbās

The date of this event: Winter 906/1500-01
Following his defeat of Forroḵyasār and the subjegation of Širvān (cf. jk_117), Esmāʿil held an audience with his followers to thank them for their support and congratulate them on their victory. Esmāʿil, dressed in white, is seated on a throne in the upper right in front of a tent; his name is inscribed in red on his right knee.. A swordbearer/attendant stands behind him. Off to the left of the composition four of his supporters bow before him revalidating their allegance to the young shah. Three others, similarly dressed, are standing in the lower right foreground, their lower extremities cropped by the lower text.

Four lines of text above and four lines below the painting. A ruled frame encloses illustration and text. The painting is not signed or dated, but the style is well in keeping with that of Moʿin.

Painting references:
Louisiana Revy_1987, no.242.

Photo: Permille Klemp. Courtesy of The David Collection, Copenhagen

Robert Eng
Last Updated: August 1, 2011 | Originally published: August 1, 2011