Firdawsi: From Shahnama, Rustam Rescues Bijan From the Pit (d.1020)

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Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); verso: Rustam rescues Bijan from the pit; r Via Google Arts & Culture

What is the Shahnama?

The Shahnama is Iran’s national epic and one of the world’s great literary masterpieces completed in ca. 1010 by the poet Firdawsi.

 …the Shahnama recounts the myths, legends and “history” of Iran from the beginning of time to the Arab conquest in the 7th century.

Quote from Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings

Source: The Smithsonians’s Freer/Sackler Museums of Asian Arts

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Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); verso: Rustam rescues Bijan from the pit; recto:

Details

Via Google Arts & Culture

For Further Reading:

Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings

Source: The Smithsonians’s Freer/Sackler Museums of Asian Arts

Contents

Introduction
Kayumars & Hushang
Jamshid
Zahhak
Faraydun Strikes Zahhak
Zal and the Simurgh
Rustam & Rakhsh
Kay-Kavus
Afrasiyab’s Night Attack
Iskandar
Ardashir & Ardavan
The Game of Chess
Firdawsi: His Times & Today

 

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