Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Abdul Qasim Ferdowsi, A scene from the Shahnameh depicting Rustam dragging...

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Est: £400–600

Abdul Qasim Ferdowsi, A scene from the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) depicting Rustam dragging the Khaqan of China from his Elephant , in Persian, illuminated manuscript on paper, [Qajar Persia, c. 1820]

Single folio, text in four columns, 13 lines of black nasta'liq, miniature in gouache depicting Rustam on horseback in the foreground pulling the Khaqan of China from his elephant behind him, onlookers watching from hills in the background, the front half of the horse and flags extending into the margins, leaf ruled in red and gold, slight loss to colour pigment, a few scattered wormholes (not affecting text or illumination), horizontal crease to paper along old fold in lower half of page, 355 by 205 mm.

Rustam is known as the champion of champions in Firdawsi's Shanameh and his heroic exploits in war and adventure are legendary. This scene is one such example of his mastering of warfare with wit and resourceful tactics, in lassoing the infamous Khaqan of China down from his elevated position on the Elephant.


Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

Wednesday 06 December 2017, 2.00pm

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