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  • The Paladins of Kay Khusrau Perish in a Snowstorm: From a copy of the Shahnama (Book of Kings) dedicated to the vizier al–Hasan al–Qavam al–Daula wa al–Din, A.H. Ramadan 741/February–March 1341 a.d.
    Copied by Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Husain al–Mawsili
    Iran (Shiraz)
    Ink, colors, and gold on paper; 14 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (36.2 x 29.2 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1936 (36.113.2)

    The shah Kay Khusrau went to the mountains and disappeared in the snow. When his paladins realized what happened, they set off to look for him, but they were caught in a snowstorm while asleep and they all perished. The illustration shows the typical traits of Injuid (1325–53) composition, with oversize figures against a mountainous landscape with pointed peaks. Another distinctive feature is the device of battle standards thrust into the upper margin of the page across the text to create a sense of expansive space.

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  • The Paladins of Kay Khusrau Perish in a Snowstorm: From a copy of the Shahnama (Book of Kings) dedicated to the vizier al-Hasan al-Qavam al-Daula wa al-Din, A.H. Ramadan 741/February–March 1341 A.D.
    Copied by Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Husain al-Mawsili
    Iran (Shiraz)
    Ink, colors, and gold on paper; 14 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (36.2 x 29.2 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1936 (36.113.2)

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