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Shapur I (r. 240–70 c.e.), page from a dispersed Compendium of Histories (Majma al-tawarikh) manuscript

ca. 1425

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

sheet: 16 5/8 × 12 1/8 in. (42.2 × 30.8 cm) image: 13 3/8 × 9 1/16 in. (34 × 23 cm) other (Painting): 5 11/16 × 8 15/16 in.(14.5 × 22.7 cm)
Gift of Mary Burns Foss
1983.94.5
Scenes of rulers, either at the court or receiving officials in a tent, were standard throughout West Asia in illustrated histories. This page is from a much larger manuscript written by the court historian Hafiz-i- Abru that begins with the time of Adam and continues into the rule of Shah Rukh, who commissioned the work. The image here features Shapur I, also known as Shapur ibn-Ardashir, the second ruler of the powerful Sasanian Empire that controlled much of the greater Persian world, including present-day Afghanistan.
Geography: 
Made in Herat, Afghanistan
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
Afghani, Islamic
Period: 
Timurid dynasty (1370–1507)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Foss # W 1533 413.1937

Bibliography: 

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): 902.

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