The Sasanian King Ardashir I (r. 180–242 C.E.) Hunting, from a dispersed Assembly of Histories (Majma’ al-Tawarikh) manuscript Artist: Unknown

ca. 1425

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On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

Ardashir I was the founder of the Sasanian Empire (224–651 C.E.), which controlled much of the greater Persian realm until the advent of Islam during what is considered one of the seminal eras in Persian history. Hunting scenes, which were meant to highlight a ruler’s prowess and underscore his legitimacy, were a major theme in Sasanian art and culture and played a critical role in the development of later visual traditions.


Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper


sheet: 16 7/8 × 13 1/4 in. (42.8 × 33.6 cm)
image: 13 5/16 × 9 in. (33.8 × 22.8 cm)
other (Painting): 5 1/2 × 8 11/16 in. (14 × 22 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Wilson P. Foss, Jr.

Accession Number



Timurid dynasty (1370–1507)


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Foss catalogue No. W 1501, W v v;

  • Reza Mohamad Ghiasian, "The “Historical Style” of Painting for Shahrukh and Its Revival in the Dispersed Manuscript of Majma? al-Tawarikh," Iranian Studies 48 no. 6 (2015): 899.

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Object/Work type

histories (visual works), manuscript




Signed lower left corner, "Babemin"

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