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Bahram Gur performing a feat before gaining the throne

circa 1600


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Bahrangal performing a feat before gaining the throne
    Place where the work was made
    Cultural origin
    circa 1600
    Media categories
    Miniature , Manuscripts
    Materials used
    gouache, gold leaf and ink on paper
    16.0 x 29.0 cm
    Purchased 1970
    Not on display
    Accession number

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  • About

    While originating in what is now Iran, the traditions of Persian poetry and story-telling through text and illuminations held a great sphere of influence over neighbouring empires. Patrons of the Ottoman Turks and the Indian Mughals commissioned poets and artisans to retell the dramatic episodes of love in the courts and bloodshed on the battlefields. A number illuminate the Persian epics that celebrate love and heroism such as the Shahnama (Book of Kings) completed by Abu’l Qasim Firdausi in 1010 CE and the Haft Pakyar (The seven beauties) written by Nizami Ganjavi in 1197. While the works remain secular they are laden with moralistic and legendry tales laced with historical figures and events. A hero of both epics is Bahram Gur whose character derives from the historical Sasanian king, Bahram V.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication