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MAJNUN AT LAYLA'S ENCAMPMENT
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MAJNUN AT LAYLA'S ENCAMPMENT

LATE SAFAVID IRAN, 17TH CENTURY AND LATER

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MAJNUN AT LAYLA'S ENCAMPMENT
LATE SAFAVID IRAN, 17TH CENTURY AND LATER
Gouache heightened with gold on plaster, Majnun offering grass to a cow at the encampment of Layla's tribe among scenes of pastoral life, faces repainted and other areas of restoration, framed
Height 77in. (195.5cm.); width 433in. (109.2cm.)
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This painting on stucco was probably made for the niche of an interior of a house. It has been substantially repainted, particularly the faces, but the original composition remains; this is reminiscent of a Safavid miniature painting, with the main events happening in the mid-section, but further narrative observable in the background and foreground.
The entrance to the bazaar in Isfahan has similar wall paintings, on a huge scale (Sims, E.: Peerless images, Persian painting and its sources, Yale, 2002, fig.83, p.76).
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