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.


This limited edition giclèe print measuring 18” x 24” on acid-free museum quality paper, numbered and signed by the artist is available for $75. This includes free shipping & handling worldwide.

This is a limited edition giclèe print measuring 20” x 32” on acid-free museum quality paper, numbered and signed by the artist is available for $115. This includes free shipping & handling worldwide.

A print on canvas of this original painting of “Tahirih” measuring 20” x 16” stretched, hand embellished, repainted to perfection and varnished  by the artist ready for display with all the appearance of the original oil painting is available for $900. (Please allow a one month turnaround for the oil paint and varnish to dry with this order.) This includes free shipping & handling worldwide.

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.

Portrait of Tahirih

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