Tahirih was born, Fatimih Umm-Salimih, the daughter of Haji Mulla Salih, a devout and wealthy cleric from Qazvin in Northern Persia. She became known as Zarrin Taj (Crown of Gold) and Qurratu’l-Ayn (Solace of the Eyes) and is the most celebrated woman in Persian history. It was at the Conference of Badasht, however, where she was given the name of Tahirih (The Pure One) by Baha’u’llah bequeathed upon her by the Bab.

Tahirih became so well versed in the Quran and the traditions of Islamic theology and literary sciences, that her knowledge and clear spiritual insight soon exceeded other members of her family. 

When she was in her late twenties she came across some of Shaykh  Ahmad’s,  books in her cousin’s library and  his ideas had such  a profound and significant impact on her life, she  set out on pilgrimage to Karbila to learn more about the imminent return of the Promised Qai’m. Tahirih’s fame quickly grew not only because of her extraordinary beauty and eloquence but because she fearlessly heralded a new age of equality in an otherwise male dominated society.


This painting, with the Imamzadeh Husayn mosque of Qazvin in the background, is based on the likeness of a photograph which appeared in a Baghdad newspaper during those tumultuous times, claiming to be the only photograph of Tahirih to have survived. This painting was approved by the Universal House of Justice in 1996 and has become the most viewed portrait of Tahirih on the internet. It has been used extensively for many publications during various stages of its completion. This is the original oil painting by Ivan Lloyd. It was begun in 1999 and completed in 2011. It measures 36” x 28” and is available for $12,000.



To discuss this painting, arrange an individual payment plan or make an offer for this original work of art please contact the artist directly at info@ivanlloyd.com

The Portrait of Tahirih

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