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Asian Art

Alexander the Great Marches toward Andalusia, from a Book of Kings (Shahnama) manuscript

late 16th century

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
1951.51.60
Known as Iskandar in Persian, Alexander the Great (356–321 B.C.E.) plays an important role in the Book of Kings (Shahnama). On this page, he is shown marching toward Andalusia in southern Spain, where he married a local queen and agreed to spare her kingdom.
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Period: 
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

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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