Asian Art

The Battle at Tus, from a Book of Kings (Shahnama) manuscript

ca. 1580–90

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

sheet: 11 1/2 × 8 in. (29.2 × 20.3 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
The Book of Kings (Shahnama), written by Firdausi around 1010, is the longest poem by a single author ever written. It recounts the history of greater Iran from the beginning of time until the Arab conquest of the Sasanian Empire in 651 C.E. This page from a dispersed manuscript shows the battle that took place at Tus between Bizhan and Farud, both of whom were descendants of royalty.
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)

Hugh Long (?) ; Asia Institute, New York; Mrs. William H. Moore (Ada Small Moore) (1858–1955) New York; gift in 1951 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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