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Image of King Faridun receives the envoy of his two sons

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King Faridun receives the envoy of his two sons

Creation date: 17th century
Creation place: Iran

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd
Accession Number: 1971.65
State/Province: Isfahan Province
Dimensions: 9 3/4 in. x 5 1/8 in. (24.77 cm x 13.02 cm)


H.K. Monif, New York, New York ( - March 9, 1959)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (March 9, 1959 - December 21, 1971)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 21, 1971 - )

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June 2006
Asian Reinstallation
One of the three sons of King Faridun had been murdered years before by his two brothers, who have just learned that he had a son. The son of the murdered brother, named Manuchihr, was being raised in the court of King Faridun and was a great favorite of the king.
In this painting, the young prince Manuchihr stands at the right. From his throne, King Faridun addresses the envoy of his wicked sons, who was sent there to bring Manuchihr to them in order that they could confer on him a formal apology and beg his forgiveness. King Faridun sees through the plot, and the text above and below the painting and on the reverse side relates his rebuke:
No one has sought revenge for him as yet
Because I saw the back of fortune bent.
It seemed not good to me to lay my hands
In battle on my own two sons; but now
From that same tree which enemies have felled
A fruitful offshoot has sprung up; for
Like an angry lion, Manuchihr shall come,
With loins girt ready to avenge his sire. . .
Last Updated: 12/6/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Islamic Art from the Edwin Binney Collection Phoenix Art Museum , 3/18/1977 - 5/1/1977

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