"Conquest of Baghdad by Timur", Folio from a Zafarnama (Book of Victory)

Author Sharaf al-din 'Ali Yazdi Iranian
Painting by Unknown
Calligrapher Ya'qub ibn Hasan, known as Siraj al-Husaini

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

This folio once illustrated a manuscript of the Zafarnama, a biography of the ruler Timur commissioned by his grandson Ibrahim Sultan. The text glorifies Timur’s many victories on the battlefield, including his 1401 siege of Baghdad, depicted here. The distinctively spare yet highly animated angular compositions are characteristic of manuscript painting produced in Shiraz in this period.

"Conquest of Baghdad by Timur", Folio from a Zafarnama (Book of Victory), Sharaf al-din 'Ali Yazdi (Iranian, Yazd 1370s–1454 Yazd), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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