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Bizhan (or Bijan) Slays Human

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Bizhan (or Bijan) Slays Human

Mu'in Musavvir, Iranian, b. 17th century

Creation date: ca. 1665
Creation place: Iran

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd
Accession Number: 1971.67
State/Province: Isfahan Province
Dimensions: 12 3/8 in. x 9 1/4 in. (31.43 cm x 23.5 cm)


H.K. Monif, New York, New York ( - March 24, 1959)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (March 24, 1959 - December 21, 1971)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 21, 1971 - )

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November 2005
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.
Last Updated: 8/10/2022


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

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

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