"Death of Farud", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
India, Deccan, Bijapur
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Page: 8 x 4 7/8 in. (20.3 x 12.4 cm)
Painting: 3 5/16 x 3 9/16 in. (8.4 x 9.1 cm)
Gift of Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1985
Not on view
The Shahnama is filled with tragic events. On the page illustrated here, the painter has depicted the sad destiny of Farud, the son of Prince Siyavush and Jarira. After witnessing her son’s death, Jarira ripped open her belly with a dagger. Then, lying down with her face against Farud’s, she let herself die.
Kronos Collections, New York (until 1985; gifted to MMA) )
McInerney, Terence, ed. Indian Painting 1525–1825. London: David Carritt Ltd., 1982. no. 18a, b, pp. 49-50, Exhibition catalogue; April 1- April 30, 1982.
Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "Opulence and Fantasy." In Sultans of Deccan India 1500–1700. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. no. 35, p. 106, ill. pl. 35 (color).