Firdawsī, Shāhnāmah: manuscript, 1718-1721. MS Persian 78. Houghton Library,
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.[Illuminated scene of copier's patron and writers], f. 400v.
Known throughout the MENA region, Nassruddin is both wise and the village idiot. His humours stories are designed not only to entertain but also to provide important lessons about morality.