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The Death of Dara, from the Shahnama of Firdausi

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The Death of Dara, from the Shahnama of Firdausi


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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
The Death of Dara

The ministers came to Sikandar, saying:--
'O Shah victorious and endowed with knowledge!
We have surprised and slain thine enemy;
The crown and throne of chiefs are his no more."

The Ruman's heart and soul
Were filled with rage and gried. On drawing nigh
He gazed upon Dara and saw his breast 
All blood, his countenance like fenugreek, 
Gave orders to alight and set a guard
O'er those two ministers, and then, dismounting 
As swift as wind himself, took on his lap
The wounded monarch's head...

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, The Death of Dara, is part of the Shahnama of Firdausi, the Persian book of kings. 

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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
gouaches (paintings)
miniatures (paintings)
watercolor painting (technique)

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