This image from an unfinished painting depicts one of the most popular episodes from the life of the pre-Islamic Persian king Bahram Gur (reigned AD 420–38). A famed hunter, he was challenged by his concubine, Azada, to strike a donkey through its foot and ear with a single arrow. Azada is in the upper right playing the harp on a camel. Bahram Gur successfully meets her challenge at the bottom of the page; he tossed a rock into the donkey’s ear, then fired when the animal tried to kick it loose.
Bahram Gur and Azada, from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi (940-1019 or 1025)
Iran, Tabriz or Qazvin, Safavid period (1501-1722)
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