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Image of Bahram Gur seizes the crown of kingship from between two lions

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Bahram Gur seizes the crown of kingship from between two lions

Creation date: ca. 1630
Creation place: Iran

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor and ink on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney 3rd
Accession Number: 1972.229
Dimensions: 9 1/4 in. x 5 25/32 in. (23.5 cm x 14.7 cm)


C.D. Kelekian, New York, New York ( - January 30, 1967)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (January 30, 1967 - December 29, 1972)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 29, 1972 - )

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Asian Court Rotation
June 2007
This scene depicts the feat of Bahram Gur that led to his securing legitimacy to the throne as king of Persia. Here he is shown slaying the lions as he grasps the crown in his left hand. In the words of the lyric poet Nezami: In the morning when the gold-crowned dawn set up a chair of gold, an ivory throne, The officers and the authorities—those strong of arm and strong of judgment too— Persian and also Arab took to horse, and towards the lions of the conflict rode… The two vindictive lions lashed their tails upon the ground like dragons twain (in wrath); To say, Who'll seize from us this golden crown? Who'll dare a lion or a dragon rob? They knew not of that man of iron heart, who captured lions and hunted dragons too. It was settled that Bahram of lion heart should take the field and meet the lions first. The crown, if from them taken, should be his; the gold cup and the ivory throne would be his.
Last Updated: 9/12/2018


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Tastes in Asian Art Rotation , 5/28/2005 - 11/6/2005

Into India: South Asian Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art , 2/28/2012 - 5/27/2012

Arts of Iran The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Dr. Sonya Quintanilla and Patrick Coleman. Visiones de la India Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Madrid, 2012
Page Number: 114, 273, Figure Number: cat. 47, p. 115

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