"Khusrau Parviz's Charge against Bahram Chubina", Folio 707v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Painting attributed to Bashdan Qara (active ca. 1525–35)
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 1/2 in. (H. 19.7 x W. 16.5 cm)
Entire Page: H. 18 9/16 x W. 12 3/8 in. (H. 47.1 x W. 31.4 cm)
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970
Not on view
Eventually a large army from Rum joins Khusrau Parviz and his Iranians and marches toward Azarbaijan. After a Rumi hero dies on the first day of battle, Khusrau decides to take a small band of Iranians with him the next day. Although Bahram Chubina enters the fray with only three soldiers, he puts Khusrau and his men to flight.
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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Welch, Stuart Cary. A King's Book of Kings: the Shah-nameh of Shah Tahmasp. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. p. 197.
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