Thursday, February 2, 2012

Illustrations from the ‎شاهنامه

Rustam Captures Kamus And Kills Him (c. 17th century CE)

Rustam's Seventh Feat: Slaying The White Div (c. 17th century CE)

Rustam Slays Shaghad Then Dies (c. 17th century CE)

Rustam Slays White Elephant (c. 17th century CE)

The Shahnameh or Shah-nama is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c.977 and 1010 AD and is the national epic of Iran and related societies. Consisting of some 60,000 verses, the Shahnameh tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of (Greater) Iran from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century.

Illustrated copies of the work are among the most sumptuous examples of Persian miniature painting. Several copies remain intact, although two of the most famous, the Houghton Shahnameh and theGreat Mongol Shahnameh, were broken up for sheets to be sold separately in the 20th century.

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