"Bazur, the Magician, Raises up Darkness and a Storm", 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
7.75 in. high 8.12 in. wide (19.7 cm high 20.6 cm wide)
The Grinnell Collection, Bequest of William Milne Grinnell, 1920
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
During a battle between the Iranians and the Turanians, a sorcerer named Bazur (shown here in a blue cape) climbs to the top of a mountain and creates a blizzard that engulfs the Iranian forces. In the ensuing confusion, the Turanians attack, causing heavy casualties. 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)
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.
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