Two Illustrations from a Manuscript of Gulistan by Sadi

These two illustrations have been removed from a Mughal manuscript of Gulistan by Sa’di (1610). Both are from the opening chapter, entitled The conduct of kings. The lower register depicts a king who had given a large sum of money to a beggar, who squandered it and then returned for more. At first, the king refused the beggar additional money, but his minister advised him to allot the poor man an allowance in installments so that he would not squander it. This anecdote is meant to illustrate that one should not render someone hopeful by an act of unbounded kindness and then dash his or her hopes. The upper register depicts a prince visiting holy men in the wilderness.

Ink and pigments on paper mounted on pasteboard


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16th – 19th century

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