Sep 29, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
Jul 11, 2018

Persian verses (verso) from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi (940-1019 or 1025)

Persian verses (verso) from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi (940-1019 or 1025)

late 1400s

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Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper

Overall: 32.4 x 21.6 cm (12 3/4 x 8 1/2 in.); Text area: 22.6 x 16.1 cm (8 7/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Gift of Heeramaneck Galleries 1942.871.b



A prince from Iran’s early legendary history, Siyavush was sent by his father, the shah, to train under the great warrior Rustam in the arts of hunting, archery, and horseback riding. In the painting on the other side of this page, Siyavush demonstrates his considerable skill by hitting the bulls eye on a rolling target from horseback. The gold sky, pastel ground with grassy tufts, and dense leafy riverbank are distinctive features of Persian painting during this period.

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