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Asian Art

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

ca. 1540

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)
Gift of Mary Burns Foss
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.
By appointment
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)

Label: M. Knoedler and Co., 14 E 57 Street.

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