Illustrations from the Shahnama showing Persian soldiersRest the mouse cursor over a thumb-nail to see the title (including date if known). Click to see the full image.
The figures wear contemporary dress or dress of no latter than the date of the illustration.
Illustrations are in date order in each category.
The category titles are linked to Shahnama Project pages.
In one illustration one army is represented by Ottomans including Janissaries with firearms.
The actions portray the Sassanid/Sassanian period.
Ferdowsi started writing the Shahnameh in 977 A.D and completed it on 8 March 1010. The Shahnameh is a monument of poetry and historiography, being mainly the poetical recast of what Ferdowsi, his contemporaries, and his predecessors regarded as the account of Iran's ancient history.
Persian Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
Index of Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers