Rustam Slays Shaghad and Dies, 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 Slays Shaghad and Dies
Rakhsh sniffed fresh earth, spun like a ball, and shied,
Suspicious of the smell, and tore the ground...
Two of his feet went through;
He had no purchase; all below was spear
And sword; no pluck availed; escape was none;
And so the haunches of the mighty Rakhsh,
Yet in his manhood he uplifted him,
And from the bottom bravely gained the brim.
Shaghad drew near, uncased the bow, and strung it.
He drew it once, then laid it down by Rustam,
And laughed exulting at his brother's death.
The matchless hero clutched it lustily,
Though tortured by the anguish of his wounds,
What while Shaghad in terror at those arrows
Made haste to shield himself behind a tree...
When Rustam saw this he put forth his hands,
Sore wounded as he was, and loosed a shaft.
He pinned his brother and the tree together...
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 Slays Shaghad and Dies
, 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
watercolor painting (technique)