Gurgin Fights with Andariman, from the Shahnama of Firdausi

Accession Number

Gurgin Fights with Andariman, from the Shahnama of Firdausi


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
circa 1460

Medium & Support
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold leaf on paper

10 1/2 in. x 7 in. ( 26.7 cm x 17.8 cm )

Subject matter
Gurgin Fights with Andariman

Gurgin...went out to fight 
Andariman, one of the Turkman host.
Experienced both and veteran they went 
And chose a battlefield

...Gurgin shot at Andariman a shaft
That pinned the Ruman helmet to his head, 
And as a cavalier reeled with the smart, 
Gurgin shot yet another, pierced his side, 
And brought the blood-drops from his eyes with anguish.
Gurgin gat down like wind, took his foe's head,
And strapped it to the saddle. Having mounted 
He led the Turkman's charger, and then scaled 
In haste the hill, his bow slung on his arm...
Thus returned triumphantly 
He set the heart-illuming flag on high. 

Physical Description
Timurid miniature from the Shiraz and Timurid schools, ca. 1460. The painting is done in ink, opaque watercolor and gold leaf on paper. The scene depicts Gurgin Fights with Andariman from the Shahnama of Firdausi, the Persian book of kings. 

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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Iranian Islamic painting styles after the Mongols
Iranian Islamic styles after the Mongols
Persian-Farsi (language)
Timurid painting styles
gold leaf
gouache (paint)
miniatures (paintings)
watercolor painting (technique)

7 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Introduction to Manuscripts and Early Print
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Visual Adaptations of Literature
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Shahnama, the Persian Book of Kings
(Part of: Shahnama, The Persian Book of Kings     )
Visual Cultures of Islam- Manuscripts 
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )

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