Shahnameh - Scenery of Yusuf´s childhood I

The left side of two interconnected paintings
Size: 150 x 80 mm 
Origin and time: late 16th and early 17th Centuries
Austrian National Library, Vienna
Inv. No. E 4409C* RF

The double page shows a splendid frame of geometrically arranged merlons (in palmette form) in blue, gold and red, suspended to the very end of the page with dainty blue bracings, a characteristic feature of Islamic art in the late 16th and early 17th Centuries. The surfaces of both miniatures show creases and breakages.

Left painting: The evil brothers are kidnapping Yusuf
An almost symmetrically repeated landscape of the scene illustrated on the right side. Yusuf´s brothers are hurrying away at great speed. One of them is carrying little Yusuf on his shoulders. The little boy, again, has a flame aureole above his head.