Zal Is Sighted by a Caravan, Persian miniature art from Shahnameh by Ferdowsi, available with frame and range of color options
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Note: despite the best efforts, due the age of the painting, please except a few areas that are deteriorated in color or design as shown in the photos
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ABOUT THE PAINTING
An important figure in the book is the legendary hero Rustam. Rustam himself was the son of the equally famous warrior Zal and Rudaba, the princess of Kabul. Zal was born "with a body like pure silver ... but his hair was that of an old man." His white hair was considered a curse from the evil spirit Ahriman and Zal's father Sam left his newborn in the Alborz Mountains. The baby was found by a simurgh, a benevolent, mythical bird, which took Zal to its nest with her own fledglings. Some years later a caravan passing the region noticed a noble youth with the chest a mountain of silver and his waist a reed living in the nest. Word of this remarkable presence finally reached Sam who traveled to the mountain to check the boy. Upon arriving Sam immediately saw that the boy was his own son and tried to climb toward him but to no avail. Sam prayed to God and asked for forgiveness and help. The simurgh brought Zal down to Sam and gave Zal three of its feathers: "Burn this if ever you have need of me, and may your heart never forget your nurse, whose heart breaks for love of you". The illustration shows Zal sitting high on the mountain with the simurgh flying toward him with a large cow. the passing caravan is shown in the lower right corner. Illustration from 1525.
These miniatures were hand-painted by the artists of the royal workshop in Tabriz under rulers Shah Ismail I and Shah Tahmasp I. Upon its completion, the Shahnameh was gifted to Ottoman Sultan Selim II in 1568. The page size is about 48 x 32 cm, and the text written in Nastaʿlīq script of the highest quality. The manuscript was broken up in the 1970s and pages are now in a number of different collections around the world.
With its 50,000 rhyming couplets, the Shahnameh, or “Book of Kings,” is one of the most voluminous epics of world literature. The poem narrates the history of the ancient kings of Iran from the mythical beginnings to the Arab conquest in 651 A.D. It was completed around 1010 A.D. by Abul-Qâsem Ferdowsi (935–1020), and was dedicated to the Ghaznavid ruler Mahmud of Ghazni (r. 998–1030), who had succeeded in gaining power over eastern Iran and modern-day Afghanistan by the end of the tenth century.
The Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp (r. 1524–76), also known as the Shahnameh Shahi, is arguably the most luxuriously illustrated copy of Ferdowsi’s epic ever produced in the history of Persian painting (1970.301.21). Its pages, with outstanding measurements for an illustrated book, are made of fine paper enriched with large gold-sprinkled borders and lavish illuminations. Accompanying the 759 folios of text, written in superb nasta‘liq script, are 258 paintings of exquisite quality and artistic originality.
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