Bizhan (or Bijan) Slays HumanMu'in Musavvir, Iranian, b. 17th century
Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (March 24, 1959 - December 21, 1971)
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 21, 1971 - )
Tastes of Asia Rotation
Composed by the Persian poet Firdausi around the year 1000, the Shahnama is the national epic of Iran that relates the histories of legendary and pre-Islamic kings of Iran. The Shahnama is written in verse, usually in nastaliq script, arranged in four columns that here interrupt the picture plane.
Bizhen was a warrior noble of Parthian Iran. Wearing the armor of a fellow Iranian noble who had been slain at the hands of the Turks, Bizhen defeats the Turkic warrior, Human, after a full day of one-on-one combat. This incident then precipitated a war between the Iranians and the neighboring Turks of Central Asia.
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Islamic Art from the Edwin Binney Collection Phoenix Art Museum , 3/18/1977 - 5/1/1977
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