Rustam Shoots Asfandiyar, 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
Rustam Shoots Asfandiyar
Then Rustam quickly fitted to his bow
The tamarisk-shaft as the Simurgh had bidden;
He struck Asfandiyar full in the eyes,
And all the world grew dark before that chief;
The straight-stemmed Cypress bent, intelligence
And Grace abandoned him. The pious prince
Fell prone, his bow of Chach dropped from his hands.
He clutched his black steed by the mane and crest;
The battlefield was reddened with his blood.
Said Rustam: "Thou hast brought this evil seed
To fruit! Thou art the man who said'st: 'My form
Is brazen, and I dash high heaven to earth.'
Yet through one arrow hast thou turned from strife,
And fallen swooning on thy noble charger."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, Rustam Shoots Asfandiyar
, 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)