"Bahram Gur Hunting with Azada", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to Iran, Shiraz
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Painting: H. 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm)
W. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Page: H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
W. 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm)
Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956
Not on view
The Shahnama manuscript from which this folio comes includes a page dated to the year 1352, making it the last known Injuid-period (1325–53) manuscript. The style of the painting in this manuscript is similar to that of an Injuid Shahnama dated 1341. This folio illustrates the hero Bahram Gur hunting with his companion and harp-player Azada. In the Shahnama version of this tale, Azada is trampled under the feet of Bahram Gur’s camel for her impudence, as depicted here.
Inscription: Location: Chapter heading at foot of page. Translation: "Bahram Gur goes with Nu'man to Yazdegird."
London. Burlington House. "International Exhibition of Persian Art," January 7, 1931–February 28, 1931, no. 532A.
The Iranian Institute. "Exhibition of Persian Art," 1940, Gal. VII, no 76D.
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Swietochowski, Marie, Stefano Carboni, Tomoko Masuya, and Alexander H. Morton. Illustrated Poetry and Epic Images:Persian Painting of the 1330s and 1340s. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994. pp. 74-75, ill. fig. 20 (b/w).
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