Rustam slays a dragon

Location: Tabriz, Iran

Materials: ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper; margins heavily sprinkled with gold

Dimensions: 47.2 x 31.9cm (folio); 26.9 x 16.9cm (written surface, recto); 27 x 17cm (illustration, verso)

Accession Number: MSS 1030, folio 119

Other Notes:

On seeing the dragon’s might and how it battled with Rustam, Rakhsh – Rustam’s horse – laid its ears back and joined the fight. The horse, fighting like a lion, bit the dragon’s shoulders and tore at its hide. Rustam then slashed off the dragon’s head with his sword and blood jetted out in rivers as the dragon fell to its death.

[For the Shahnamah of Shah Tahmasp, see MSS 1030]


text copied in a superior nasta‘liq script, with 22 lines to the page, arranged in 4 columns, two to a couplet


J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.304, p.266.