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Two rectangular paintings inside a decorated gold border. Paintings show two figures sitting on thrones. One is inside a palace while winged and seated figures surround them, while the other is outside in a garden, surrounded with figures, supernatural figures, and animals.
AKM410, King Solomon (Sulayman) and the Queen of Sheba (Belqis) Enthroned, Front

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Reverse of two paintings. One page is decorated with gold, blue, red, and green floral vines and swirls. The other is plain paper with several calligraphic seals, labels, and inscriptions.
AKM410, King Solomon (Sulayman) and the Queen of Sheba (Belqis) Enthroned, Back

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King Solomon (Sulayman) and the Queen of Sheba (Belqis) Enthroned
Opening double page frontispiece from a manuscript of Persian poetry (probably Nizami’s Khamseh (Quintet))
  • Accession Number:AKM410
  • Place:Iran
  • Dimensions:33.5 x 21 cm
  • Date:ca. 1560–1570
  • Materials and Technique:ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper
  • Islamic literature often used Old and New Testament figures as examples of virtue. This painting depicts Solomon. To many Muslims, King Solomon (shown here with his wife, the Queen of Sheba) was the perfect image of the ideal ruler. Invested with divine support and endowed with supernatural gifts, Solomon held power over living beings as well as over natural forces.

Islamic literature often used Old and New Testament figures as examples of virtue. This painting depicts Solomon. To many Muslims, King Solomon (shown here with his wife, the Queen of Sheba) was the perfect image of the ideal ruler. Invested with divine support and endowed with supernatural gifts, Solomon held power over living beings as well as over natural forces.

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