These pages are both from the same Universal History album as the Moses and the Qara Braq scenes in this exhibit. The king holding audience is Mughith al Dunya Wa'd din Qasin Muhmud, the son of Mahmud, who is illustrated in the envoy scene on the left. Sultan Mahmud, one of the most important patrons of Persian art and literature, commissioned Ferdowsi to write the 50,000 verse Shah Nama (Book of Kings). He is shown here on horseback entering the city of Gananj in 1017 to pay Ferdowsi the gold due him for his thirty-five year effort. Unfortunately, the great poet had just died and was thus denied the honor the Sultan intended to bestow on him.