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MSS 1030 30b
MSS 1030 30b

Zahhak slays the sacred cow Barmayah

MSS 1030, folio 30

Tabriz, Iran

1520s

MSS 1030 30b
MSS 1030 30b, detail
MSS 1030 30a

Zahhak slays the sacred cow Barmayah

MSS 1030, folio 30

Tabriz, Iran

1520s

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

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

47.2 x 32.1cm (folio); 27.1 x 17.4cm (written surface, recto); 37.4 x 17.5cm (maximum; illustration, verso)

Zahhak slays the sacred cow Barmayah, whose holy milk had nourished the infant Faridun, and all the other animals in sight.

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

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.301, p.265.