ferdowsi - Rustam Fighting with Suhrab, 14th century

ferdowsi (Tus, Iran, b. 935 AD)

Miniature from the Shahnameh: Rustam Fighting with Suhrab, 14th century

Gold and colors on paper, 17 x 17 cm (6 11/16 x 6 11/16 in.) sheet


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From the same unidentified manuscript of the Shahnameh as a second leaf, museum no. P19w54.
Collection of the art collector and design theorist Denman Waldo Ross (1853-1935), Boston by December 1913.
Gift from Denman Waldo Ross to Isabella Stewart Gardner, after 15 February 1914.


Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 168, no. 6. (entitled "Two Warriors Fighting"; as from Persia or Transoxiana, 15th century, Mongol style)
“Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 8, no. 41 (13 Jun. 1965), p. 2. (as Mongol style, 15th century)
Thomas C. Witherspoon et al. Islamic Art from the Collection of Edwin Binney 3rd. Exh. cat. (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institute, 1966), p. 25. (as from an unidentified manuscript of the Shah Nameh of Firdausi; as Shiraz (?), 1st third of the 15th century; as from the same manuscript as cat. no. 29)
George L. Stout. Treasures from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1969), p. 148. (entitled "Two Warriors Fighting"; as from Persia, Transylviania, or Transoxiana, 15th century, Mongol style)
Yasuko Horioka et al. Oriental and Islamic Art: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1975), pp. 107-08, no. 47. (entitled "Rustam Fighting with Suhrab"; as a leaf from the Shah-nameh of Firdausi; as Persian, Shiraz (?), mid 15th century)
Alan Chong and Noriko Murai. Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2009), p. 36.
Benedict Cuddon. "A Field Pioneered by Amateurs: The Collecting and Display of Islamic Art in Early Twentieth-Century Boston." Muqarnas (2013), pp. 17-18.

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