Ilkhanid Illustration
The return of Rustam with Bijan from Turan.
['Rustam comes before Kay Khusrau after returning with Bizhan']

from the 1341 Inju Shahnama, Shiraz



Creation date: 1341
Creation place: Iran
Type: Manuscript Painting [probably the verso side]
Description: 14th century Iran Painting Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor, gold and ink on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd
Accession Number: 1971.55
School: Inju
Manuscript/Book Title: Firdawsi's Shahnameh
Dimensions: 14 19/32 in. x 10 5/16 in. (37.1 cm x 26.2 cm)

Provenance
Qiwamuddawla wa'l-Din Hasan, Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran ( 1341 - )
H.K. Monif, New York, New York ( - October 23, 1963 )
Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California ( October 23, 1963 - December 21, 1971 )
Olsen Foundation, Bridgeport, Connecticut ( - )
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California ( December 21, 1971 - )

Bijan was a young Persian warrior who had been caught by the Turkish ruler, Afrasiyab, after having fallen in love with his daughter. The painting on this page depicts the Persian hero Rustam who, having defeated Afrasiyab, brings Bijan in triumph back to Persia where he is greeted by the king, Kay Khosrow.
One of the earliest surviving illustrated manuscripts from Iran, the colophon reveals that it was made for Qiwamuddawla wa'l-Din Hasan and completed in 1341.
Source: The San Diego Museum of Art


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