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Image of The return of Rustam with Bijan from Turkestan

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The return of Rustam with Bijan from Turkestan

Creation date: 1341
Creation place: Iran

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor, gold and ink on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd
Accession Number: 1971.55
Dimensions: 14 19/32 in. x 10 5/16 in. (37.1 cm x 26.2 cm)


Olsen Foundation, Bridgeport, Connecticut ( - )

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 - )

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Asian Court Rotation
June 2007
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


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Islamic Art from the Collection of Edwin Binney 3rd Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Service , 10/1/1966 - 10/19/1969

Islamic Art Across the World Indiana University Art Museum , 6/18/1970 - 10/1/1970

Islamic Art from the Edwin Binney Collection Phoenix Art Museum , 3/18/1977 - 5/1/1977

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

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Southern Asian and Persian Art San Diego Museum of Art , 6/24/2012 - 1/6/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Richard Ettinghausen. Islamic Art from the Collection of Edwin Binney 3rd Smithsonian Institution. Washington, District of Columbia, 1966
Page Number: no. 24, Figure Number: 24

Theodore Robert Bowie. Islamic Art from Across the World Indiana University Art Museum. Bloomington, Indiana, 1970
Page Number: 32, no. 47

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