"Rustam Slays Isfandiyar", Folio 466r from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Painting attributed to Qasim ibn 'Ali (active ca. 1525–60)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Made in Iran, Tabriz
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Painting: H. 7 3/4 x W. 6 11/16 in. (H. 19.7 x W. 17 cm)
Entire Page: H. 18 5/8 x W. 12 5/8 in. (H. 47.3 x W. 32.1 cm)
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970
Not on view
In another confrontation Rustam and Rakhsh are injured and retreat. Now Zal intervenes and summons the simurgh, his foster mother, who provides healing feathers and a special arrow. Once again Rustam and Isfandiyar meet in single combat, but thls time, though Isfandiyar's arrows miss their mark, Rustam's pierce the prince's eyes. As Isfandiyar lies dying, both he and Rustam know that this murder, no matter how it was provoked, will bring trouble down on Rustam's head.
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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