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"The Combat of Tus and Human", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

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: 7 15/16 x 5 3/16 in. (20.2 x 13.2 cm) Painting: 1 9/16 x 4 1/4 in. (3.9 x 10.8 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Bequest of Monroe C. Gutman, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.290.11
Not on view
Before they led their armies in battle, the Iranian, Tus, and the Turanian, Human, engaged in single combat. They were so closely matched that only the failing light forced an end to the fighting. The battle scene in this miniature is particularly lively, with spirited horses highlighting the sense of dynamic action.
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. 18, pp. 94-95, ill. pl.18 (color).



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