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Rustam / Revolution 2011

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2014,6053.1

  • Title (object)

    • Rustam

    Title (series)

    • Revolution 2011
  • Description

    Depiction of the Iranian mythical hero, Rustam. Two red flowers are situated on Rustam's right. The Persian letters of Rustam's name, ر س ت م , are written at the top of the page. Coloured pencil and ink on paper.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 2008
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 41 centimetres
    • Width: 30 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
  • Curator's comments

    In an ironic rendering of the mythic hero, Rustam, this work shows Iran's struggle to come to terms with its history, past and present. In the Shahnameh (The Book of Kings), written by the poet Firdausi c. 1000 AD, Rustam is a knight, fighting the enemies of Iran and bringing peace. In the artist’s depiction, on the other hand, he appears as an everyday man, hands tucked in his pockets and looking dejected. The only sign pointing to his identity is his helmet, made from the head of the White Daeva, the supernatural monster killed by Rustam. Here, however, the helmet has lost its original context and meaning and appears insignificant.

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  • Location

    On display: G34/dc39

  • Exhibition history

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

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2014

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    2014,6053.1

Depiction of the Iranian mythical hero, Rustam. Two red flowers are situated on Rustam's right. The Persian letters of Rustam's name, ر س ت م , are written at the top of the page. Coloured pencil and ink on paper.

Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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