"Rustam Blames Kai Kavus for the Death of Siyavush", Folio 202v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Painting attributed to Qadimi (active ca. 1525–65)
Mir Musavvir (active 1525–60)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Made in Iran, Tabriz
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Painting: H. 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm)
W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Page: H. 18 11/16 in. (47.5 cm)
W. 12 9/16 in. (31.9 cm)
Mat: H. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
W. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970
Not on view
The news of the death of Siyavush causes lamentation at the Iranian court and in Zabulistan, where Rustam swears to avenge his murder. After a period of mourning, Rustam journeys with his army to the court of Kai Kavus. First, he reproaches the shah for listening to Sudaba and allowing Siyavush to go to Turan. Next, he drags Sudaba out of her chambers and stabs her to death. After seven days of mourning, he issues the call to battle and departs with the army for Turan.
Shah Tahmasp, Iran (until 1568; gifted to Selim II); Sultan Selim II, Istanbul (from 1568); Sultan Selim III, Istanbul (by 1800); Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Paris (by 1903–d. 1934); his son, Baron Maurice de Rothschild, Paris and Pregny, near Geneva (by 1955–d. 1957); [ Stiebel Ltd., New York, until 1959; sold to Houghton]; Arthur A. Houghton Jr., New York (1959–70; gifted to MMA)
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