The Samanid Amir Nuh II (r. 976–97 c.e.) Suppressing Rebels, from a dispersed Assembly of Histories (Majma’ \r\nal-Tawarikh) manuscript Artist: Unknown

ca. 1425

Asian Art

Nuh II was the son of Mansur, the founder of the Samanid dynasty (819–999 C.E.), based in northeastern Iran and parts of present-day Uzbekistan. Nuh II’s rule was marked by frequent rebellions and political infighting; here, he wears armor and holds a long sword as he gallops toward his opponents with members of his court and military.


Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper


sheet: 16 15/16 × 13 1/4 in. (43 × 33.6 cm)
image: 14 3/4 × 10 1/4 in. (37.4 × 26 cm)
other (Painting): 4 1/2 × 10 1/4 in. (11.5 × 26 cm)

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Gift of Mary Burns Foss

Accession Number



Timurid dynasty (1370–1507)


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Foss # 1507 ALV BTV; Mary Burns Foss (Mrs. Wilson P. Foss Jr.) (1896–1987); gift in 1983 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • 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), 873, 899
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Object/Work type

histories (visual works), manuscript

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