Šahrzâd and Šahrbâz

A Story Illustrated in Signs

in Anthropology of the Middle East
View More View Less
  • 1 Islamic Azad University etemadi.elham@gmail.com
Restricted access

Abstract

The Thousand and One Nights was illustrated under Sani’ ol-Molk’s supervision in 1854–1859 in Iran. In this article, I analyse an illustration of the story of Ŝahrzâd and Šahrbâz, which is the only image in the manuscript that displays the two characters in sexual relation. In analysing the illustration, I address three factors: the handwriting on the top left corner of the illustrated page, the difference between the illustration and the narrative in terms of the timing of the story, and the absence of Donyâzâd from the image. I argue that these factors reveal the painter’s adaptation techniques and his complex interpretation of the scene.

Contributor Notes

Elham Etemadi is an Assistant Professor of Art Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran. She earned her PhD in Art History from the University of Leuven, Belgium, with a dissertation entitled ‘Sani’ ol-Molk, The Thousand and One Nights and the Persian Art of Book Illustration: A Study in Iconography and Semiotics’. E-mail: etemadi.elham@gmail.com

  • Bâbüye, E. (2006), Man lā Yahduruhu al-Fagī h [For him not in the presence of a jurisprudent], vol. 4, (trans.) Ali Akbar Qafâri (Tehran: Našre Islâmi).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Bal, M., and Bryson, N. (1991), ‘Semiotics and Art History’, Art Bulletin 73, no 2: 174208.

  • Blair, S. S. (2000), ‘Royal Persian Paintings: The Qajar-Epoch 1783‒1925 by Layla S. Diba, Maryam Ekhtiyar’, Iranian Studies 33, nos 1–2: 228231.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Büzari, A. (2014a), ‘Nosxe-ye Hezâr va Yek Šab-e Ketabzâne Kax Gölestân [Manuscript of The Thousand and One Nights in Golestan Palace’s Library]’, Gozâreš Mirâs 8, nos 62–63: 8994.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Büzari, A. (2014b), ‘Nosxe-ye Xati Hezâr va Yek Šab-e Ketabzâne Kax Gölestân: Nosxe Šenasi va Moarefi Negâreh-hâ [Manuscript of The Thousand and One Nights in Golestan Palace: Codicology and Presentation of Patterns]’, Nâme Bahârestân 3: 160276.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Canby, S. R. (1998), ‘Art of the Book’, Iranian Studies 31, nos 3–4: 361369.

  • Diba, L. S. and Ekhtiyar, M. (eds) (1999), Royal Persian Painting: The Qajar Epoch 1785 – 1925 (New York: I. B. Tauris).

  • Diba, L. S. (2000), ‘The Qajar Court Painter Yahya Ghaffari: His Life and Time’, in Persian Painting: From the Mongols to the Qajars, (ed.) R. Hillenbrand (New York: I. B. Tauris), 8396.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Ekhtiyar, M. (1999), ‘From Workshop and Bazaar to Academy’, in Diba and Ekhtiyar (1999): 5066.

  • Falk, T. (1985), Treasures of Islam (London: Sotheby’s and Philip Wilson).

  • Floor, W. (1999), ‘Art (Naqqashi) and Artists (Naqqashan) in Qajar Persia’, Muqarnas 16: 125154.

  • Gonzalez, C. P. (2013), Local Portraiture: Through the Lens of the 19th-Century Iranian Photographers (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Lyons, M. C. and Lyons, U. (trans) (2010), The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights, 3 vols (London: Penguin).

  • Pope, A. (1945), Masterpieces of Persian Art (London: Peter Owen).

  • Robinson, B. (1993), Studies in Persian Art (London: Pindar Press).

  • Roxburgh, D. J. (2005), The Persian Album, 1400 – 1600: From Dispersal to Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press).

  • Sims, E., Marshak, B. I. and Grube, Ernst J. (eds) (2002), Peerless Image: Persian Painting and Its Sources (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Tasviji Tabrizi, ’A. (trans.) (2005), Hezâr va Yek Šab [The Thousand and One Nights], 2 vols (Tehran: Hermes).

  • Zoka, Y. (2003), Life and Works of Sani‘ Ol-Molk: Abol-Hassan Ghaffari 1814–1866, (ed.) C. Parham (Tehran: Iran University Press).

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 53 53 24
Full Text Views 11 11 3
PDF Downloads 7 7 0