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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1958.288
Title
Rustam Shoots Isfandiyar in the Eyes (painting, recto; text, verso), illustrated folio from a manuscript of the Great Ilkhanid Shahnama (Book of Kings)
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Shahnama
Classification
Manuscripts
Work Type
manuscript folio
Date
c. 1335
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Tabriz
Period
Ilkhanid period
Culture
Persian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/169512
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink, colors, and gold on paper
Dimensions
folio: 50 x 39.5 cm (19 11/16 x 15 9/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Edward W. Forbes
Accession Year
1958
Object Number
1958.288
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Publication History

M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Exhibition of Islamic Art, exh. cat. (San Francisco, 1937), p. 28, no. 42d?

Doris Brian, "A Reconstruction of the Miniature Cycle in the Demotte 'Shah-Nameh'", Ars Islamica, Freer Gallery of Art / Smithsonian Institution and University of Michigan (1 January 1939), vol. 6(2), pp. 97-112, no. 21

Eric Schroeder, Persian Miniatures in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1942), no. IV

Ivan Stchoukine, Les peintures du Shan-nameh Demotte, Arts Asiatiques (1958), vol. V, pp. 83-96, pp. 85, 95, group I

Williams Lillys, ed., Persian Miniatures: The Story of Rustam, Charles E. Tuttle Co. (Rutland, VT, 1958), p. 28, pl. 8

Lisa Golombek, "Towards a Classification of Islamic Painting", Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ed. Richard Ettinghausen (New York, 1972), figs. 3, 4

Marianna Shreve Simpson, Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1980), pp. 12, 23, 30-31, no. 7, ill.

Jessica Rawson, Chinese Ornament: The Lotus and the Dragon, British Museum Publications Limited (London, 1984), pp. 193-195. fig. 171

Abolala Soudavar, "The Saga of Abu-Sa'id Bahador Khan: The Abu-Sa'idname", Oxford Studies In Islamic Art XII: The Court of the Il-Khans 1290-1340, Oxford University Press (NY) (Oxford, UK, 1996), page 113/figure 12

Oleg Grabar, Mostly Miniatures: An Introducation to Persian Painting, Princeton University Press (Princeton, 2000), p 102/fig 51

Linda Komaroff, ed., The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353, exh. cat., Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, 2002), pp 161, fig. 188; pp254, num.41

Exhibition History

The Heavenly Court: Persian Poetry and Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/09/1985 - 03/31/1985

Paintings for Princes: The Art of the Book in Islam, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/27/1990 - 03/25/1990

Eyes to the East: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Art Given by Harvard Graduates, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/22/1990 - 11/25/1990

Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture 1256-1353 (The), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/28/2002 - 02/16/2003; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 04/13/2003 - 07/27/2003

The Continuous Stroke of a Breath: Calligraphy from the Islamic World, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 12/20/2003 - 07/18/2004

32Q: 2550 Islamic, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/14/2015 - 11/03/2015

Subjects and Contexts

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