Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

"Gushtasp Slays the Dragon of Mount Saqila", 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 x 5 1/4 in. (20.3 x 13.3 cm) Painting: 1 15/16 x 4 1/4 in. (5 x 10.8 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Bequest of Monroe C. Gutman, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.290.24
Not on view
Gushtasp, Prince of Iran, was living in disguise in Rum. In order to win the hand of Caesar's youngest daughter he had to perform a mighty feat - slay the terrible dragon of Mount Saqila. By his courage and prowess Gushtasp prevailed and killed the monster. The dragon takes up two thirds of the composition, its writhing form exuding might and menace. Adding to the dramatic tension, Gushtasp is shown to be in a restricted space from which there appears to be no escape should his mission fail.
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. 30, pp. 107-108, ill. p. 107 (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