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Illustration from the Second Small Shahnama, c.1300 showing Ilkhanid Mongols
Rustam's first labour: Rakhsh kills a lion
Chapter 12 - Kay Kavus (150 years)



A larger image of 'Rustam's first labour: Rakhsh kills a lion'. Second Small Shahnama. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 51.37.10.


Rakhsh, Rustam's Horse, Kills a Lion While His Master Sleeps, 14th century
Unknown artist, Iran
Colors and gold on paper
Dimension: 10 1/2 x 7 7/16 in. (26.7 x 18.9 cm)
Bequest of Mrs. Margaret McMillan Webber in Memory of her Mother, Katherine Kittredge McMillan 51.37.10A,B
Firdawsi composed the Shah Nama (Book of Kings), an epic poem of 50,000 verses, in the late tenth century. Based on oral traditions that went back hundreds of years to the ancient Sassanian kings, this national epic is still familiar to most Iranians. King Khusrau is the main hero of the story, though the exploits of Alexander the Great (Iskandar) and King Bahram Gur are also described. The manuscript recounts numerous historical and biographical episodes that illustrate the righteousness and moral power of these pre-Islamic rulers.
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Art



Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Manuscript: Second Small
Accession Number: 51.37.10
Chapter 12 - Kay Kavus (150 years)
Scene: Rustam's first labour: Rakhsh kills a lion
Gregorian Date: 1300 (circa)
Source: Shahnama Project

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