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painting / manuscript

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1937,0710,0.327

  • Description

    Rustam slaying the White Div; single-page painting mounted on detached album folio. From an illustrated manuscript of the Shahnama of Firdawsi. Rustam stabs the White Div, whose left leg has been cut off, in a cave beneath a hilly landscape and a large tree.
    Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.

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  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1576-1577 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 33 centimetres (sheet)
    • Height: 45.8 centimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 21.5 centimetres (painting)
    • Height: 31.8 centimetres (painting)
  • Curator's comments

    On his hazardous journey to Mazandaran, Rustam underwent repeated tests of strength, known as the 'Seven Courses'. Told that divs (demons) sleep at midday, Rustam entered the White Div's cave and engaged him in a ferocious battle. Plucking out the div's liver, the hero Rustam prevailed in the end.

  • Bibliography

    • Canby 1993 p. 92, fig. 59 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2016-17 26 Nov – 2 Apr, London, BM, G34, Iranian Voices

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1937

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    1937,0710,0.327

Miniature. General subject - epic. Rustam killing the white Div,from the Sháhnáma of Firdausí. On paper.

Miniature. General subject - epic. Rustam killing the white Div,from the Sháhnáma of Firdausí. On paper.

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