The Bowman, frontispiece from The Epic of Kings, Stories Retold from Firdusi

A work made of etching in black on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching in black on cream wove paper.

Date:

1882

Artist:

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (English, born the Netherlands, 1836-1912)
written by Helen Zimmern (1846-1934)
published by Thomas Fisher Unwin, London

About this artwork

This etching is one of two prints that Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema made to illustrate Helen Zimmern’s 19th-century translation of the great Persian epic poem Shahnameh (The King’s Book) by Firdusi from around A.D. 1000. Consisting of some 60,000 verses, the Shahnameh recounts the mythical and historical past of greater Iran, beginning with the creation of the world and the introduction of arts and civilization. It concludes with the Arab conquest of Persia.

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Artist

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Title

The Bowman, frontispiece from The Epic of Kings, Stories Retold from Firdusi

Origin

England

Date

1882

Medium

Etching in black on cream wove paper

Dimensions

187 × 137 mm (image); 197 × 147 mm (plate); 298 × 229 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1991.612

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