"Rustam Lassos Rakhsh", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to Iran, probably Isfahan
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper
Painting: H. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm)
W. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm)
Page: H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
W. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Bequest of Monroe C. Gutman, 1974
Not on view
Rustam and his steed to be, the strawberry roan Rakhsh, are in the center of the miniature, framed by a tree on either side. Rustam is shown in his traditional tiger skin coat, but here is depicted with the beard and mustache reserved for mature men though he is still a young man. The chief of the royal stud, at the left, wears a typical Mongol hat and carries an unusual weapon called nachakh. The type of trees and treatment of the ground are of Chinese derivation.
Ph. Walter Schulz, Leipzig, Germany (by 1914); Professor O. Moll, Düsseldorf, Germany ; Monroe C. Gutman, New York (by 1929–d. 1974; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Illustrated Poetry and Epic Images: Persian Painting of the 1330s and 1340s," February 1, 1994–May 1, 1994, no. 12.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Riding Across Central Asia: Images of the Mongolian Horse in Islamic Art," April 26, 2000–November 12, 2000, no catalogue.
Masuya, Tomoko. "The Condition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Small Shahnama and the Reconstruction of its Text." In Poetry and Epic Images, edited by Marie Lukens Swietochowski, and Stefano Carboni. New York, 1994. pp. 129-145.
Swietochowski, Marie, Stefano Carboni, Tomoko Masuya, and Alexander H. Morton. Illustrated Poetry and Epic Images:Persian Painting of the 1330s and 1340s. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994. no. 12, p. 88, ill. pl. 12 (color).