Siyavush Displays His Prowess before Afrasiyab, from the Shahnama of Firdausi (The "Kervorkian Shahnama")Artist(s)IranianArtist NationalityIranianObject Creation Datecirca 1460Medium & Supportink, opaque watercolor, and gold leaf on paperDimensions
10 1/2 in. x 7 1/16 in. ( 26.7 cm x 18 cm )Subject matter
Siyavush Displays His Prowess Before Afrasiyab
One night the king spake thus to Siyavush:--
"Tomorrow morning let us play at polo;
I hear that none among the warriors
Can face thy mall on thine own ground.
Let us be opposites,
Select our partners, and make up our sides."
Then Siyavush urged on his steed and smote
The ball, or ever it could reach the ground,
So stoutly that it disappeared from sight.
He mounted a fresh steed, threw up the ball,
And drove it out of sight to see the moon.
Thou wouldst have said: "The sky attracted it."
There was not on the ground his peer, and none,
Had such a beaming face. The monarch laughed...:--
"...Siyavush hath bettered all report."Physical Description
This Persian miniature is attributed to the Shiraz and Timurid schools, ca. 1460. The painting is done in ink, opaque watercolor and gold leaf on paper. The scene, Siyavush Displays His Prowess before Afrasiyab
, is part of the Shahnama of Firdausi, the Persian book of kings. Primary Object ClassificationPaintingCollection AreaWesternRights
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Iranian Islamic painting styles after the Mongols
Iranian Islamic styles after the Mongols
Timurid painting styles
calligraphy (visual works)
watercolor painting (technique)