- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Story of Kay Khusraw Reviewing his Army, and Tus Leading the Iranians into Turan (text, recto and verso), folio from a manuscript of the Shahnama by Firdawsi
- Work Type
- manuscript folio
- Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Shiraz
- Safavid period
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
- 37.3 x 24 cm (14 11/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
- [Christies, London, 17 October 1995, lot no. 79]. [Mansour Gallery, London, before 1998], sold; to Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood, Belmont, MA (by 1998-2002), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2002.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Text page concerning Kay Khusraw preparing the army and Tus, with his troops, marching on Turan.
Recto. Text corresponds with Ramazani (1963) vol. 2, pp. 95-97, lines 2273 - 2335; text describes Kay Khusraw setting his army in order.
Verso. Text corresponds with Ramazani (1963) vol. 2, pp. 97 - 100, lines, 2336 - 2406; subtitles in text read, "Mobilization of Tus to Turan," and Departure of Tus and his army."
Published Catalogue Text: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art , written 2013
Double page: Kay Khusraw Reviews His Troops
A. Verso: text and illustration
Folio: 37.2 × 23.9 cm (14 5/8 × 9 7/16 in.)
Published: Reed 2005, 44.
B. Recto: text, concerning Kay Khusraw preparing the army and Tus, with his troops, marching on Turan
Folio: 37.3 × 24 cm (14 11/16 × 9 7/16 in.)
Kay Khusraw, grown to manhood and now king of Iran, prepared to mount a campaign against the Turanian murderers of his father, Siyavush. Seated on a jeweled throne atop his mammoth war elephant, he rode out to review his army. The great imperial warriors, including Fariburz and Gudarz, filed past.
The illustration portrays Kay Khusraw in a lavish howdah; he is surrounded by mounted soldiers with colorfully caparisoned horses and gold and silver weapons and helmets.
Mika M. Natif
- Publication History
Mary McWilliams, ed., In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2013)
- Exhibition History
The Sport of Kings: Art of the Hunt in Iran and India, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/22/2005 - 06/26/2005
- Related Works
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