"The Combat of Rustam and Ashkabus", Folio 268v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp

Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper | 23.8 x 19.4cm | c. 1525-30

Painting attributed to Mirza Muhammad Qabahat

With daylight the battle resumes. Before the armies can clash, Ashkabus rides out from the Turanian side and starts to abuse the Iranians. After Ruhham tries unsuccessfully to shoot Ashkabus with arrows, Rustam enters the fray. He is on foot, having ...
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