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Esfandiyar as prisoner, on an elephant

Creation date: ca. 1450
Creation place: Afghanistan

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.241
Dimensions: 8 15/16 in. x 6 15/32 in. (22.7 cm x 16.4 cm)
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Sevadjian, Paris, France ( - March 20, 1961)

C.D. Kelekian, New York, New York ( - January 22, 1964)

Hôtel Druout, Paris, France (March 20, 1961 - March 20, 1961)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (January 22, 1964 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

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March 2023
Mountain, Meadow, Citadel: The Many Landscapes of Afghanistan  
This page from a manuscript of Firdawsi’s epic on the Persian kings was produced in Herat, a city in western Afghanistan that flourished in the fifteenth century under the Timurid rulers of Iran and Central Asia. The painting depicts Isfandiyar, son of the Iranian king Gushtasp, taken prisoner at the order of his own father, who wrongly suspects Isfandiyar of plotting to seize the throne. Isfandiyar, here mounted on an elephant and wearing a simple white robe with hands bound, would later be released when his regretful father—shown enthroned in a blue robe and golden crown—required his aid in battle. 
Last Updated: 3/21/2023


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

The Mughal and Deccani Schools: Indian Miniature Painting from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd The Portland Art Association , 12/2/1973 - 3/7/1976

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


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Dr. Edwin Binney, 3rd. The Mughal and Deccani Schools Portland Art Museum. Portland, Oregon, 1973
Page Number: 16, 19, Figure Number: 2

Art Persan: Hôtel Drouot. Paris, France, March 20, 1961
Page Number: Lot no. 139

Irma L. Fraad and Richard Ettinghausen. Chhavi, Rai Krishnadasa. Banaras, India, 1971
Page Number: 51

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