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MSS 1030 25b
MSS 1030 25b

‘The Death of King Mirdas’, Folio 25 from the Shahnamah of Shah Tahmasp

MSS 1030, folio 25

Tabriz, Iran

1520s

MSS 1030 25b
MSS 1030 25b
MSS 1030 25a

‘The Death of King Mirdas’, Folio 25 from the Shahnamah of Shah Tahmasp

MSS 1030, folio 25

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; heading (on the recto) in riqa‘

47 x 31.6cm (folio); 27 x 17.1cm (written surface, recto); 23.3 x 17.5cm (illustration, verso)

Mirdas, the king of Arabia Deserta, falls into a deep pit, breaks his back and dies. The pit had been dug by the devil Iblis, who had plotted with the king’s ambitious son, Zahhak, to murder Mirdas. 

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

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.299, p.262.