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Image of Faramarz leads Borzu captive

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Faramarz leads Borzu captive

Creation date: ca. 1500
Creation place: Iran

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney 3rd
Accession Number: 1972.222
State/Province: Fars Province
Dimensions: 4 1/16 in. x 6 3/4 in. (10.32 cm x 17.15 cm)


H.K. Monif, New York, New York ( - 1964)

Heeramaneck Galleries, New York, New York (1964 - January 14, 1965)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (January 14, 1965 - December 29, 1972)

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

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Asian Court Rotation
June 2007
This page is from a secondary epic that relates further exploits of the heroes who appear in Firdowsi's Shahnameh or Book of Kings. It deals with the tragic entanglements of mistaken identity among family members on the battlefield. Faramarz masquerading as his father, the great hero Rostam, has captured his young nephew Borzu, whom he leads by a rope behind the horse. Borzu had come to avenge his father Sohrab's accidental death at the hands of his grandfather, Rostam. Here, Borzu feels that he has failed bitterly in his quest, for he thinks Rostam himself is his captor. The ultramarine blue sky, high horizon line, and pale blue ground with repeated grassy tufts are characteristic of late 15th–century Persian painting from Shiraz. Note the earlier form of Faramarz's vambrance, or forearm protector, in comparison to the 19th–century type to the right.
Last Updated: 2/1/2023


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

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


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. 29, Figure Number: 29

Theodore Robert Bowie. Islamic Art from Across the World Indiana University Art Museum. Bloomington, Indiana, 1970
Page Number: 33, no. 52

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