If its Wednesday it must be Egypt.It is Wednesday and Bahram Gur, the king of Iran is paying his weekly visit to his Egyptian queen. Hump day. The not on to the next queen and into the weekend royal swing. Bahram Gur married seven princesses of seven countries, built for each a castle of a different color, and visited regularly on different days of the week, clothing himself in the matching color.
Bahram Gur was given to vivid imagery: his red Russian queen of Tuesdays was a “honeyed apple, sweet and rosy-hued.” To his Roman aruss- doll- of Sundays and the yellow castle he said: “The shops close at night; but you, seller of beauty, you must open your shop at night.” Bahram Gur lived in the fourth century before Christ, sort of before monotheism gave pause for reflection, albeit briefly.These manuscripts, Persian miniatures, are illustrations for the poet Nizami’s ( 1140-1203) Khamsa, and are found at the Met or the Pierpont Morgan collection. These show the king in mostly reflective, romantic and pastoral settings, but his depiction as a hunter of repute is also represented.
Below:Bahram Gur’s Trick Shot, Nizami Ganjavi (d. 1209), Khamsa (The Quintet), in Persian. India, probably Ahmedabad, ca. 1618, by the scribe Fath Muhammad. The Morgan Library & Museum; MS M. 445, (fol. 202v), Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910, Photography by Joseph Zehavi, 2008. All that’s missing is a chest full of medals and a marching band…Read More:http://arttattler.com/archivemedievalhunt.html