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Khamsa of Nizami, Herat, 1494: Construction of the Castle of Khawarnaq, painted by Bihzad

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dc.contributor.authorGray, Basil
dc.contributor.authorPhotographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
dc.coverage.spatialPersia (Herat, Afghanistan)
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-25T00:04:55Z
dc.date.available2020-08-25T00:04:55Z
dc.date.created1961
dc.identifierANUA 682-4301
dc.identifier.otherP(M-P)-117
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/208953
dc.descriptionThis slide and the following one are both genre scenes and full of movement
dc.descriptionthere is little imaginative content, and the interest of the composition is largely formal. For all the activity of the numerous figures, it is the ladder and scaffolding in the first, and the hanging blue towels in the second, which are the keys to the curiously square pictures. For all their apparent realism these pages are as near abstract flat pattern as anything in Persian painting. The figures are so arranged that there is plenty of space for the internal rhythms in the comparatively open composition. Bihzad shows his genius for composition in the way that he has invented here so many poses and groupings that were to become the stock-in-trade of the Persian school during almost a hundred years. In the construction scene most of the figures form pairs in reciprocal action, thus producing a dynamic pattern of movement which is all contained within the margins and thus built up into a complex of intense energy. -- 7 x 5.25".
dc.format.extent35mm
dc.format.mediumslide
dc.format.mediumcolour
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.subjectMediaeval painting
dc.subjectpaintings
dc.subjectminiatures
dc.subjectbook scan
dc.titleKhamsa of Nizami, Herat, 1494: Construction of the Castle of Khawarnaq, painted by Bihzad
dc.typeImage
local.description.notesSource: Basil Gray, Persian Painting, New York, Skira, 1961, p. 116
dc.date.updated2020-08-25T00:04:54Z
dc.provenanceDigitised by the Australian National University in 2020
dc.rights.licenseThis image is provided for research purposes only and must not be reproduced without the prior permission of the Archives Program, Australian National University.
CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham

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