"Gushtasp Slays the Rhino-Wolf", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)
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 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
W. 4 5/16 in. (10.9 cm)
Page: H. 8 1/16 in. (20.5 cm)
W. 5 5/16 in. (13.5 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
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.
Ph. Walter Schulz, Leipzig, Germany (by 1914); Professor O. Moll, Düsseldorf, Germany ; Monroe C. Gutman, New York (by 1929–d. 1974; bequeathed to MMA)
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