"Sam Comes to Inspect Rustam", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Author Abu'l Qasim Firdausi Iranian

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Rustam, the future warrior hero of Iran, was such a huge baby that he could only be born by Caesarian section. Here, the noble Sam has come to inspect his grandson, already, though a child, reputed to resemble a lion in courage and daring. Rustam has been seated on an elephant for the occasion, dressed as the warrior he is to become. The artist has mistakenly given him a beard, apparently forgetting his tender age in this scene.

"Sam Comes to Inspect Rustam", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings), Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (Iranian, Paj ca. 940/41–1020 Tus), Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper

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