Illustration from the Shahnama-i-Isma'il

Battle in the war between Shah Isma'il and the King of Shirvan.

The founder of the Safavids, Isma'il, charging down a mountain in pursuit of the King of Shirvan, an incident in his campaign to conquer Persia. Isma'il was a shi'ite, and his distinctive turban has twelve folds representing the twelve Imams of whom 'Ali was the first. Persian (Safavid, Tabriz style), 1541.
MS Add. 7784, f.46v. British Museum, London.   Source: p278 The Age of Expansion Editor: Hugh Trevor-Roper. Photo: John Freeman.

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