"Siege of Baghdad", Folio from a Dispersed copy of the Zafarnama (Book of Victory) of Sharaf al-din 'Ali Yazdi

Author Sharaf al-din 'Ali Yazdi Iranian
Calligrapher Ya'qub ibn Hasan, known as Siraj al-Husaini
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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. In the painting residents of the city attempt to flee by swimming across the Tigris. The distinctively spare yet highly animated angular compositions are characteristic of manuscript painting produced in Shiraz in this period.

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

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