به یاد باد صبا ˷ be yade bade saba


पछुवा हवा ˷ a persian ballad


“ I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” - Hafez






همچو فرهاد

همچو فرهاد بود کوهکنی پیشه ما
کوه ما سینه ما ناخن ما تیشه ما
شور شیرین زبس آراست ره جلوه گری
همه فرهاد تراود ز رگ و ریشه ما
بهریک جرعه می منت ساقی نکشیم
اشک ما باده ما دیده ما شیشه ما
عشق شیری است قوی پنجه و می گوید فاش
هرکه از جان گذرد بگذرد از بیشه ما

(ادیب نیشابوری)



… and my favorite version

Hamcho Farhad, Salar Aghili,  سالار عقيلی - همچو فرهاد



Hamcho Farhad, Parisa, پريسا - همچو فرهاد



Hamcho Farhad, Sussan Deyhim,  سوسن دیهیم - همچو فرهاد



Kay Kavus Airborne

From the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp, ca. 1525–30



Esfandiyar’s Funeral Procession

From the Great Mongol Shahnameh (Book of Kings), 1330s, probably Tabriz



The Besotted Iranian Camp Attacked by Night

Folio from the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp, ca. 1525–30



Alexander Visits the Sage Plato in His Mountain Cave
Folio from the Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khosraw Dehlavi, 1597–98

Alexander Visits the Sage Plato in His Mountain Cave

Folio from the Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khosraw Dehlavi, 1597–98



A picnic at night, drawing
attributed to Mohammad Qasim - Esfahan, c. 1650
ruler in a relaxed court setting

A picnic at night, drawing

attributed to Mohammad Qasim - Esfahan, c. 1650

ruler in a relaxed court setting



Reza Abbasi, Seated calligrapher
Esfahan - c. 1600, drawing
'In this age, he has no rival; master painters, skillful artists who live in our times regard him as perfect.' (Qadi Ahmad, 1606)

Reza Abbasi, Seated calligrapher

Esfahan - c. 1600, drawing

'In this age, he has no rival; master painters, skillful artists who live in our times regard him as perfect.' (Qadi Ahmad, 1606)



Painting of a horse and groom, inscribed ‘Reza drew it’ 
Qazvin, c. 1590–95

Painting of a horse and groom, inscribed ‘Reza drew it’ 

Qazvin, c. 1590–95



Painting of an old pilgrim (anonymous) - Esfahan
late 1500s - early 1600s

Painting of an old pilgrim (anonymous) - Esfahan

late 1500s - early 1600s



Mastani (1699–1740) the beautiful and mythic half persian half indian -
wife to Peshwa Baji Rao indian general and prime minister

Mastani (1699–1740) the beautiful and mythic half persian half indian -

wife to Peshwa Baji Rao indian general and prime minister