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Ilkhanid Illustration
Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama
Chapter 5 - Zahhak (1000 years).
Faridun brings Zahhak to Mount Damavand

Tabriz, Persia, c.1335AD


A larger image of 'Faridun brings Zahhak to Mount Damavand'. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia, c.1335AD. Ilkhanid Illustration. The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Per 111.1.


Faridun leads the captured tyrant Zahhak to Mount Damavand, from the Book of Kings (Shahnama)
Object no.: Per 111.1
Object name: Folio / Bi-Folio (Codex)
Title: Faridun leads the captured tyrant Zahhak to Mount Damavand, from the Book of Kings (Shahnama)
Production place: Tabriz
Object category: Manuscript
Collection: Persian collection
Production date: c. 1330
Dimensions: 592 mm x 400 mm (height x width)
Material: Paper, Pigment, Ink, Gold
Language: Persian
Description: Faridun leads the captured tyrant Zahhak to Mount Damavand, folio from the Book of Kings (Shahnama). Detached folio, ink, gold and pigments on paper, later re-mounted, Persian text with framed caption and painting (with later retouches), Tabriz, Iran, c. 1330. Dateable to the era of Ilkhanid rule in Iran, a dramatic but fragmentary manuscript known as the Great Mongol Shahnama (and also the Demotte Shahnama) is today dispersed across many international collections, including eleven folios in the Chester Beatty collection.
Source: The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin



Dublin, The Chester Beatty Library
Title of Work: Shahnama (Great Mongol)
Manuscript: Per 111
Accession Number: Per 111.1
Scene: Faridun brings Zahhak to Mount Damavand
Dimensions (h x w): 210 x 200 mm
Format: Rectangular within borders
Reconstructed Folio: 007v
Gregorian Date: 1335 (circa)
School: Tabriz
The painting has been cut and pasted onto irrelevant text (the great war of Kay Khusrau). The picture is discussed by Grabar & Blair, p. 64 (illustr. 4), and Soudavar, pp. 108-9 (fig. 8).
Source: Shahnama Project

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