Album folio with Bahram Gur, the shepherd, and his dog

First half 16th century

Object Place: Tabriz, Iran


Height x width: 45.4 × 30 cm (17 7/8 × 11 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red and black chalk, ink, color, and gold on paper

Not On View




Books and manuscripts

Drawing, probably for an illustration in a manuscript of the “Khamsa” (“Quintet”) of Nizami, mounted as an album page. A couplet of unrelated text in the upper right and lower left corner.


Partially legible inscription at lower right attributes the composition to a Master Mir... ("'Amal-i Ustad Mir...") Possibly Mirza 'Ali.

The two lines pasted in the upper right and lower left of the drawing, by Amir Khusrau of Delhi:

Lutf-i tu anis-i mustmandan * qahr-i tu halak-i zormandan
Gar lutf kuni u gar kuni qahr * dar har du zi rahmatat buvad bahr

Your kindness is consolation to the poor; your wrath is the destruction of the mighty.
Whether you are kind or wrathful, in either case there is a share of your mercy.


By 1912, Victor Goloubew (b. 1879 - d. 1945), Paris [see note 1]; 1914, sold by Goloubew through M. Meyer-Riefstahl to the MFA for $76,999.81 (total price for 14.532-700). (Accession Date: June 4, 1914)

[1] Victor Goloubew was born in Russia but lived in Paris by the time of this acquisition. He formed this collection of Persian and Indian miniature paintings and exhibited it at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1912 to 1914 (Paull, Florence Virginia. "The Goloubew Collection of Persian and Indian Paintings." Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin. Vol. XIII. No. 74. (February 1915) 1-16).

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution