Rustam Slays the White Elephant, from the Shahnama of FirdausiArtist(s)IranianArtist NationalityIranianObject Creation Datecirca 1460Medium & Supportink, opaque watercolor, and gold leaf on paperDimensions
10 1/2 in. x 6 15/16 in. ( 26.7 cm x 17.7 cm )Subject matter
Rustam Slays the White Elephant
Shouts rose outside his door: "The chief's white elephant
Hath broken loose, and folk are in its danger!"
He heard, and urged by hardihood ran forth,
Snatched up Sam's mace and made toward the street.
The keepers of the gate opposed him, saying:
"We fear the chieftain, 'tis a darksome night,
The elephant is loose! Who can approve
Thy going forth?"
Wroth at the speaker's words
The matchless Rustam smote him on the nape:
His head rolled from him. Rustam turned toward...
...The mighty beast and roared out like the sea.
He looked and saw a Mountain bellowing,....
...And went courageously against the beast,
Which seeing him charged at him like a mountain
And reared its trunk to strike, but Rustam dealt it
A mace-blow on the head...
This painted miniature Shahnama page was made by the Shiraz and Timurid schools, ca. 1460 in Baghdad, Iraq. The painting is done in ink, opaque watercolor and gold leaf on paper. The scene depicts Rustam Slays the White Elephant
from 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