ISLAMIC & INDIAN ART: An illustrated folio from a dispersed copy of Firdausi’s Shahnama (Book of Kings), 19th century, believed Indian

ISLAMIC & INDIAN ART: An illustrated folio from a dispersed copy of Firdausi’s Shahnama (Book of Kings), 19th century, believed Indian.

The illustration depicts the scene Rustam/ Rostam Captures Rakhsh

The work is in gouache, ink and applied gold leaf on paper, surrounded by script, the reverse leaf with four columns of script.

Dimensions: The folio 29 x 17.5cm


Firdausi’s Shahnama

This illustrated folio is from Firdausi’s Shahnama or Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) the national epic of Greater Iran. The work was composed by the poet Firdausi (also spelled Ferdowsi) between c. 977 and 1010, the text is of huge importance in Persian language and culture. Containing over 50,000 couplets Shahnama is one of the world’s longest epic poems.

In the scene depicted here legendary hero Rustam or Rostam captures the horse Rakhsh.

To read more about the epic poem Shahnama see.

For further works contained with our store see: WALTER THOMAS ARCA (British, 1894-1971) – An original poster design painting of a four funnel ocean liner, executed mid 1920s


Dimensions: The folio 29cm high x 17.5cm wide

Price: £650

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Condition Report: In overall good condition, some loss to edges, creasing to page, applied to display board on top edge. There appears to be a small repair to top right edge. Displays excellently.

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