"Bizhan Forces Farud to Retreat into his Fort", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
7.87 in. high 7.37 in. wide (20 cm high 18.7 cm wide)
The Grinnell Collection, Bequest of William Milne Grinnell, 1920
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
This painting shows the dramatic confrontation between the hero Bizhan, on the right, and Farud, the brave halfbrother of the Iranian king Kai Khusrau, in the fort on the left. Each has just slain his opponent’s horse, and eventually Farud will also be killed. This painting comes from a copy of the highly Persianate Shahnama that was probably made in northern India. The paintings from this book were later cut out and placed in an album with brightly colored borders.
William Milne Grinnell, New York (until d. 1920; bequeathed to MMA)
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