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Bahram Gur Arrives at the House of a Merchant, text page (recto), from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi (940-1019 or 1025), known as the Great Mongol Shahnama
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Bahram Gur Arrives at the House of a Merchant, text page (recto), from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi (940-1019 or 1025), known as the Great Mongol Shahnama, result 1 of 1

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Culture
Iran, Tabriz, Ilkhanid period (1256-1353)
Title
Bahram Gur Arrives at the House of a Merchant, text page (recto), from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi (940-1019 or 1025), known as the Great Mongol Shahnama
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Work Type
Manuscript
Date
1330-35
Material
opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Measurements
Sheet: 45.8 x 34.4 cm (18 1/16 x 13 9/16 in.); Image: 19.5 x 29.5 cm (7 11/16 x 11 5/8 in.); Text area: 41 x 29.5 cm (16 1/8 x 11 5/8 in.)
Description
In this intense painting, Bahram Gur plunges his sword into the chest of a dragon. A favorite character from Iran's pre-Islamic history, Bahram Gur (r. 420–38) was a popular ruler of the Sasanian dynasty and a great hunter. He took the name "Gur," meaning onager (a wild ass), because it was his preferred game, although he also excelled at killing dragons. As seen in this illustration's rock formations, tree trunk, and dragon, Iranian painting in the Mongol period borrowed numerous stylistic and spatial elements from Chinese models. With the surging landscape and writhing dragon rendered with equal energy, this is a picture of extraordinary unity and concentration.
Script: Naskh
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: Islamic Art
Department: Islamic Art
Gallery: 116 Islamic
Provenance: Purchased from Heeramaneck Galleries
Demotte; Wells; Grace Rainey Rogers
Grace Rainey Rogers Fund
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Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
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Use of this image is in accordance with the Artstor Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1943.658.a_full.tif
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24592758

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