Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

"Rustam Captures the Shah of Sham and the Shah of Berber", 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:
Page: 8 1/16 x 5 1/4 in. (20.5 x 13.3 cm) Painting: 1 7/8 x 4 1/4 in. (4.7 x 10.8 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Bequest of Monroe C. Gutman, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.290.8
Not on view
Rustam, heading the Persian forces, was called upon to defeat the combined armies of the shah of Hamavaran - who through treachery had captured the Persian shah, Kai Kavus - and his allies, the shahs of Sham and Berber. After fierce fighting, Rustam captured the allied kings and the shah of Hamavaran asked for peace. In this battle scene, depicted with liveliness and verve, Rustam, identifiable by his tiger-skin cuirass (right foreground) appears to be lassoing the shah of Sham though the lasso is missing. The shah of Sham (left) is bending forward on his horse as though pulled by the lasso.d
Ph. Walter Schulz, Leipzig, Germany (by 1914); Professor O. Moll, Düsseldorf, Germany ; Monroe C. Gutman, New York (by 1929–d. 1974; bequeathed to MMA)
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. 14, p. 90, ill. pl. 14 (b/w).



Related Objects

"Rustam Seizes Afrasiyab by the Girdle and Lifts him from the Saddle", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Artist: Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020) Date: ca. 1430–40 Medium: Main support: Ink, opaque watercolor, gold on paper Margins: Ink and gold on dyed paper Accession: 20.120.238 On view in:Gallery 463

"Gav and Talhand in Battle", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Artist: Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020) Date: ca. 1430–40 Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Accession: 20.120.242 On view in:Not on view

"Kai Khusrau, Gudarz and Giv Capturing the Demon's Fortress, Bahman (?)", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Artist: Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020) Date: ca. 1430–40 Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Accession: 20.120.243 On view in:Not on view

"Bizhan Forces Farud to Retreat into his Fort", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Artist: Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020) Date: ca. 1430–40 Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Accession: 20.120.247 On view in:Gallery 463

"Khusrau Parviz before his Father Hurmuzd (?)", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Artist: Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020) Date: ca. 1430–40 Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Accession: 20.120.245 On view in:Not on view