Bahram Gur Enthroned after Killing Two Lions, from a Book of Kings (Shahnama) manuscript Artist: Unknown

ca. 1540

Asian Art

Not on view

Famous for his love of hunting and music, Bahram Gur (r. 420–38 C.E.) was the fifteenth king of the Sasanian Empire, which controlled the greater Iranian region until the advent of Islam. Also popular for abolishing taxes, Bahram Gur features in the Book of Kings (Shahnama) and elsewhere in Persian literature.


Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper


image: 7 3/4 × 4 3/16 in. (19.7 × 10.7 cm)
framed: 19 1/4 × 14 1/4 in. (48.9 × 36.2 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Burns Foss

Accession Number



Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)


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NN Label: M. Knoedler and Co., 14 E 57 Street, New York: Mary Burns Foss (Mrs. Wilson P. Foss Jr.) (1896–1987); gift in 1983 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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Object/Work type

human figures (visual works), manuscript



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