Zal Climbing to Rudaba, page from a copy of the Shahnama of Firdausi

A work made of opaque watercolor and gold on paper.
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  • A work made of opaque watercolor and gold on paper.

Date:

Safavid dynasty (1501–1722), dated 1580/90

Artist:

Iran
Shiraz

About this artwork

Among the most beautiful examples of Islamic art are the illuminated manuscripts from Persia that portray legendary tales of heroism, love, and adventure. Zal Courting Rudabahis a page from a 16th-century version of the Book of Kings,the national epic of Persia. Below the lovers seen on the balcony are attendants, animals, architecture, flowering plants, and calligraphy (revered as an art form throughout the Islamic world), all carefully integrated into a rich, overall pattern. The painting’s jewel-like quality is enhanced by its brilliant colors, including gold and blue, formed from the precious stone lapis lazuli.

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Asian Art

Artist

Islamic

Title

Zal Climbing to Rudaba, page from a copy of the Shahnama of Firdausi

Origin

Shiraz

Date

1575–1590

Medium

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Dimensions

26 x 17 cm (10 1/4 x 6 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Ann McNear Collection

Reference Number

1983.627

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