Bowl with Bahram Gur and Azada

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

Bahram Gur, challenged by his concubine Azada in a series of dares to show his mastery in archery, here pins together with a single arrow the ear and hoof of a gazelle, while Azada plays the harp. The tragic epilogue of this story from the Persian epic Shahnama, in which a camel tramples Azada after she disparages the prince for his cruel feats, is portrayed at the bottom of the bowl. This popular episode was depicted on ceramics and metalware.

Bowl with Bahram Gur and Azada, Stonepaste; glazed (opaque monochrome), in-glaze- and overglaze-painted, gilded

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