"Zal Consults the Magi", Folio 73v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp, Painting attributed to Sultan Muhammad

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"Zal Consults the Magi", Folio 73v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp, Painting attributed to Sultan Muhammad
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Image ID: KC6C46
Zal Consults the Magi', Folio 73v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp, ca. 1530–35, Made in Iran, Tabriz, Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper, Painting: H. 11 1/16 x W. 7 1/4 in. (H. 28.1 x W. 18.4 cm), Codices, Painting attributed to Sultan Muhammad (active first half 16th century), In this painting, Zal is depicted enthroned as he consults his magi, or Zoroastrian wise men, on how to win his father’s approval to marry Rudaba, the granddaughter of the evil king Zahhak. The phoenix-like bird on the canopy may refer to the simurgh, which saved and nurtured the infant Zal, whose parents had rejected him for being an albino

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