Haft Paikar (Seven Portraits) of the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami,

Illustrated detached folios, ca. 1430; Timurid Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al–Din of Ganj) (probably 1141–1217), Author; Maulana Azhar, Calligrapher Iranian; Made in Afghanistan Ink, colors, and gold on paper; Page size: 11 x 7 in. (27.9 x 17.8 cm)

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This item is kept in Metropolitan Museum in New York City. According to the website, The item is an opening page of a manuscript which exemplifies the accomplishment and sophistication of the court painters of Herat under the Timurid Prince Baisunghur Mirza. The delicate control of floral scrolls and arabesques, the variety of shapes, the changes of scale and colors, orchestrated to lead the eye from dense and intricate patterning to areas of more leisurely rhythms, surely attest to the highest artistry, often imitated but rarely equaled. An eavesdropper can be seen peering at the frolicking nymphs from a shuttered window of the building. The lyrical mood of this miniature typifies the idealized vision of the world depicted by the Persian painter. The balance between architectural, landscape, and human elements in the design is harmonious, and color is used to set off objects from one another and at the same time unite them within the composition. The presence of nude females is somewhat significant as well, which led the way for future artist during the Safavid Era.