Kai Khusrau Slays Afrasiyab and Garsiwaz, from the Shahnama of FirdausiArtist(s)IranianArtist NationalityIranianObject Creation Datecirca 1460Medium & Supportink, opaque watercolor, and gold leaf on paperDimensions
10 1/2 in. x 7 in. ( 26.7 cm x 17.8 cm )Subject matter
With Indian sword
He smote Afrasiyab upon the neck,
Then flung upon the dust the swarthy form,
Whose ears and hoary beard were red with blood,
While Garsiwaz his brother lost all hope. . . .
The cheeks of Garsiwaz were wan, his heart
Was full of trouble for Afrasiyab.
They dragged him from the jailors shamefully
In heavy bonds, on that his evil day,
Begirt with guards and executioners
As such a noted miscreant deserved.
When in sad plight he came before Khusrau,
With tears of blood upon his livid cheeks,
The Shah, the king of kings, . . .
… called an executioner who came
With trenchant sword unsheathed, and cruel heart,
And clave the chief asunder to the waist
While all the soldiers’ hearts were terror-stricken.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, Kai Khusrau Slays Afrasiyab and Garsiwaz
, 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)