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"Rustam Captures Rakhsh", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Author:
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
mid-15th century
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Main support: Ink, opaque watercolor, gold on paper Margins: Ink and gold on dyed paper
Dimensions:
7.25 in. high 7.62 in. wide (18.4 cm high 19.4 cm wide)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
The Grinnell Collection, Bequest of William Milne Grinnell, 1920
Accession Number:
20.120.240
Not on view
When he came of age, Zal promised his son, the hero Rustam, the pick of the wild horses that roamed Zabulistan and Kabulistan. Rustam chose a horse that was notoriously difficult to catch; for three years, it had resisted the attempts of the warriors who tried to tame him. Rustam, however, was able to capture the horse with his lasso and climb on its back.
William Milne Grinnell, New York (until d. 1920; bequeathed to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. "New York, October 9 through January 7, 1933–1934." In A Guide to an Exhibition of Islamic Miniature Painting and Book Illumination. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1933. p. 28.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. p. 9, ill. fig. 7 (b/w).

Binyon, Laurence, Basil Gray, and James Vere Stewart Wilkinson. "Including a Descriptive Catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House." In Persian Miniature Painting. London, 1933.

Islamic Painting. 1933.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 37, ill. fig. 19 (b/w).

Bussagli, Mario, ed. "Exhibition of Iranian Art. Palazzo Brancaccio, Giugno-Agosto 1956." In Mostra d'Arte Iranica. Milan: Silvana, 1956.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. Publications, 36.. Lahore: The Panjabi Adabi Academy, 1964. p. 37, ill. fig. 19 (b/w).

Al Khemir Sabiha Dr. "Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture." In Beauty and Belief. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University, 2012. p. 217, ill. (color).



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