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MSS 1030 119b
MSS 1030 119b

Rustam slays a dragon

MSS 1030, folio 119

Tabriz, Iran

1520s

MSS 1030 119b
MSS 1030 119b
MSS 1030 119a

Rustam slays a dragon

MSS 1030, folio 119

Tabriz, Iran

1520s

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

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

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]

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