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Khusraw Discovers Shirin Bathing, From Pictorial Cycle of Eight Poetic Subjects

This image visually captures the culminating moment in the passionate love affair between Persia's King Khusraw and Shirin, an Armenian princess. After days of longing, Khusraw coincidentally encounters Shirin for the first time as she bathes in a pond. Entranced by each other's beauty, the lovers remain speechless. The tale of Khusraw and Shirin is one of the five poems in the Khamseh (Quintet), a romantic epic by the Persian poet Nizami.

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