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MSS 1030 135b
MSS 1030 135b

Rustam and the Seven Warriors at the hunting-ground of Afrasiyab

MSS 1030, folio 135

Tabriz, Iran

circa 1530

MSS 1030 135b
MSS 1030 135b
MSS 1030 135a

Rustam and the Seven Warriors at the hunting-ground of Afrasiyab

MSS 1030, folio 135

Tabriz, Iran

circa 1530

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

text copied in a superior nasta‘liq script, with 22 lines to the page, arranged in 4 columns, two to a couplet; headings (on the recto) in riqa‘

47.2 x 32cm (folio); 26.8 x 17cm (written surface, recto); 26.7 x 21.2cm (illustration, verso)

Rustam and the Seven Warriors head to the hunting ground of Afrasiyab in Turan, with their troops, hounds, flacons and gear. After a week of hunting, birds and beasts lay everywhere in heaps, some killed, some wounded.

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

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.305, p.267.