"Gushtasp Slays the Rhino-Wolf", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Author Abu'l Qasim Firdausi Iranian

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Gushtasp volunteered to go to the forest to slay a horned wolf as large as an elephant. The hero's steed was ripped apart by the monster's horn, and Gushtasp, on foot, dispatched the rhino-wolf with his sword. The prominent mountainous setting has a close parallel in the frontispiece of a poetic anthology compiled in Isfahan and in the painting style of southern Iran.

"Gushtasp Slays the Rhino-Wolf", 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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