The return of Rustam with Bijan from Turkestan
H.K. Monif, New York, New York ( - October 23, 1963)
Qiwamuddawla wa'l-Din Hasan, Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran (1341 - )
Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (October 23, 1963 - December 21, 1971)
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 21, 1971 - )
Much of this great epic deals with the wars between the Persians and the Central Asian Turks. Bijan was a young Persian warrior who had been caught by the Turkish ruler, Afrasiyab, after having fallen in love with his daughter. The painting on this page depicts the Persian hero Rustam who, having defeated Afrasiyab, brings Bijan in triumph back to Persia where he is greeted by the king, Kay Khosrow.
One of the earliest surviving illustrated manuscripts from Iran, the colophon reveals that it was made for Qiwamuddawla wa'l-Din Hasan and completed in 1341.
Last Updated: 6/15/2021
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