Illustration from the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp I
f. 707v: The war between the generals of Khusrau Parviz and Bahram Chubina.

The figures wear early 16th century Persian dress.


A larger image of 'The war between the generals of Khusrau Parviz and Bahram Chubina', from the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp


"Khusrau Parviz's Charge against Bahram Chubina", Folio 707v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp

Author: Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
Artist: Painting attributed to Bashdan Qara (active ca. 1525–35)
Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date: ca. 1530–35
Geography: Made in Iran, Tabriz
Medium: Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Dimensions: Painting: H. 7 3/4 x W. 6 1/2 in. (H. 19.7 x W. 16.5 cm)
Entire Page: H. 18 9/16 x W. 12 3/8 in. (H. 47.1 x W. 31.4 cm)
Classification: Codices
Credit Line: Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970
Accession Number: 1970.301.72
Eventually a large army from Rum joins Khusrau Parviz and his Iranians and marches toward Azarbaijan. After a Rumi hero dies on the first day of battle, Khusrau decides to take a small band of Iranians with him the next day. Although Bahram Chubina enters the fray with only three soldiers, he puts Khusrau and his men to flight.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1970.301.72

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