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Farhad meets stone-cutters in the mountains of Armenia. Alishir Navoi. Collected works. MS 559 SPL, Dorn, f. 96. 1521-1522. Shakrukhia (Tashkent)
FARHAD  MEETS STONE-CUTTERS IN THE MOUNTAINS  OF  ARMENIA, Alishlr Navoi


The author of this miniature depicts the work of the common people. It is one of the episodes from Navois poem about Chinese prince Farhad. He had a look at the magic mirror and saw a beautiful lady from Armenia and fell in love with her. Farhad went to Armenia. On his way he met stone-cutters working over the new canal between the rocks. Farhad helped them and finished all their work at one day. Farhad is represented here as a hero.
Composition is simple. The background of blue rocks takes almost all space of the painting. There are not so many characters on the picture: only the stone-cutters and Farhad. Colours are rather restrained and render the atmosphere of the scene.
Unlike Nizamis poems with a hero tsar Khosrov, the hero of this poem is Farhad. The author elevates courage, love for work, Farhad skill, creative element of his work.