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Identification and Creation

Object Number
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
Work Type
manuscript folio
c. 1335
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Tabriz
Ilkhanid period
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Physical Descriptions

Ink, colors, and gold on paper
folio: 50 x 39.5 cm (19 11/16 x 15 9/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[George Demotte, Paris, (active 1900-1923)]. Edward Waldo Forbes, Cambridge, MA (by 1958), gift; to the Fogg Museum of Art.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Edward W. Forbes
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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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
  • Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım, ed., Persian Manuscripts and Paintings from the Berenson Collection, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Florence, 2021), pp. 44-45, fig. 4

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

  • Google Art Project

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