Miniatures

Miniatures from all over the world, beginning with Iran and The Shahnama or Shahnameh

Miniatures from all over the world, beginning with Iran and The Shahnama or Shahnameh
This is a strange piece that is at once awkward and lovely -- on first look, I thought it was silly. Now, I find it strangely evokative and emotional.
Is it just me, or does the condemned man seem oddly happy? I love the 2 bearded guys peaking out from behind the rock.
What's not to love about this theatrical miniature -- it's like watching a soap...
How much interchange was there between the artists in Siena and those in Iran (Persia)? I wonder.
So graphic, while remaining familiar with reality -- almost like a map.
I am sure there is someone here who knows the exact story this illustration tells -- I can see a negotiation, strangers meeting in friendship.
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