"Rustam Kills the White Div", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to Iran, probably Isfahan
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper
Page: 8 1/16 x 5 1/4 in. (20.5 x 13.3 cm)
Painting: 1 15/16 x 4 5/16 in. (4.9 x 10.9 cm)
Bequest of Monroe C. Gutman, 1974
Not on view
Rustam had to perform seven difficult and dangerous feats in order to rescue his king, who had been captured by the divs (devils) of Mazandaran. The last battle, with their leader, the White Div, was a terrible one, which took place in a dark cave. In the course of combat Rustam cut off the div's leg. A later restorer, unfamiliar with the story, has clumsily reattached it here.
Ph. Walter Schulz, Leipzig, Germany (by 1914); Professor O. Moll, Düsseldorf, Germany ; Monroe C. Gutman, New York (by 1929–d. 1974; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Illustrated Poetry and Epic Images: Persian Painting of the 1330s and 1340s," February 1, 1994–May 1, 1994, no. 13.
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. 13, p. 89, ill. pl. 13 (b/w).