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The army of Jamshid adores the idol

Creation date: ca. 1480
Creation place: Iran

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Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney 3rd
Accession Number: 1972.224
Dimensions: 6 1/2 in. x 8 1/32 in. (16.5 cm x 20.4 cm)


Olsen Foundation, Bridgeport, Connecticut ( - )

H.K. Monif, New York, New York ( - October 23, 1960)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (October 23, 1963 - December 29, 1972)

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

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Gallery 11 Label Nov 2015
The army of Jamshid adores the idol
Folio from a Khavarannama (Book of the East)
Opaque watercolor on paper, ca. 1480
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney 3rd, 1972.224

The Khavarannama chronicles the military exploits of ‘Ali, cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, and his partisans. It is one of several Persian epic poems that imitate the Shahnama (“Book of Kings”) by the poet Firdawsi. In this episode, ‘Ali’s companion Amr disguises himself as an elderly priest; when the army of his enemy Jamshid prostrate themselves in front of his idol, Amr is able to drug them and steal Jamshid’s treasure.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Persian Art , 11/23/2013 - 6/8/2014

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