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"Rustam Lassos Rakhsh", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi

Author:
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1330–40
Geography:
Iran, probably Isfahan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm) W. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm) Page: H. 8 in. (20.3 cm) W. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm) Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Bequest of Monroe C. Gutman, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.290.6
Not on view
Rustam and his steed to be, the strawberry roan Rakhsh, are in the center of the miniature, framed by a tree on either side. Rustam is shown in his traditional tiger skin coat, but here is depicted with the beard and mustache reserved for mature men though he is still a young man. The chief of the royal stud, at the left, wears a typical Mongol hat and carries an unusual weapon called nachakh. The type of trees and treatment of the ground are of Chinese derivation.
Ph. Walter Schulz, Leipzig, Germany (by 1914); Professor O. Moll, Düsseldorf, Germany ; Monroe C. Gutman, New York (by 1929–d. 1974; bequeathed to MMA)
Masuya, Tomoko. "The Condition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Small Shahnama and the Reconstruction of its Text." In Poetry and Epic Images, edited by Marie Lukens Swietochowski, and Stefano Carboni. New York, 1994. pp. 129-145.

Swietochowski, Marie, Stefano Carboni, Tomoko Masuya, and Alexander H. Morton. "Persian Painting of the 1330s and 1340s." In Illustrated Poetry and Epic Images. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994. no. 12, p. 88, ill. pl. 12 (color).



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