Ilkhanid Illustrations in
Great Mongol (Demotte) Shāh-Nāmeh
Tabriz, Iran, c.1335


"DEMOTTE" ŠĀH-NĀMA, illustrated manuscript, now dispersed, of Ferdowsī's epic poem, often identified by the name of a former owner, the Paris dealer Georges Demotte (active ca. 1900-23). A more accurate designation is "the great Mongol Šāh-nāma," for it is generally believed to have been produced for a patron associated with the Il-khanid court and is particularly renowned for the intrinsic quality of its paintings. The large format of the manuscript and the incorporation of Chinese motifs into the paintings are characteristic of other Il-khanid examples, like Rašīd-al-Dīn's Jāmeʿ al-tawārīḵ. The paintings in the Šāh-nāma are exceptional, however, for their depiction of emotion, particularly grief, which is achieved through the figures' gestures and postures, often echoed and amplified by the expressive use of settings.
Source: Iranica Online

'Ardashir and Ardavan fight' from the Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Detroit Institute of Arts 35-54
An Ilkhanid Illustration of 'Zav enthroned' from the Great Mongol (Demotte) Shah-Nameh. Sackler Gallery S1986.107.
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia. Ilkhanid Illustration. Harvard Art Museums 1958.288.
Zavara and Faramarz kill Isfandiyar's sons Nush-Azar and Mihr-i Nush. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia. Ilkhanid Illustration. Harvard Art Museums 1956.212.
Darab and Rashnavad fight the Rumis. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia. Ilkhanid Illustration. Harvard Art Museums 1919.130.
Battle between the armies of Iskandar and the Fur of Hind. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia. Ilkhanid Illustration. Harvard Art Museums 1955.167.
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia. Ilkhanid Illustration. Harvard Art Museums 1957.193.
Bahram Gur kills a wolf in India. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia. Ilkhanid Illustration. Harvard Art Museums 1958.288.
The Funeral of Isfandiyar. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia. Ilkhanid Illustration. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 33.70.
'Bahram Gur helps the landlord’s cow to produce milk again'. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. McGill University Library, Montreal. Persian 6.
Faramarz chasing the King of Kabul. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia. Ilkhanid Illustration. Louvre, Paris. OA 7095.
'Iskandar enthroned'. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia. Ilkhanid Illustration. Louvre, Paris. OA 7096.



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