Beaker decorated with scenes from the Shahnameh
Kashan, Iran, late 12th century.
This celebrated beaker is the only known object from the Islamic world that is illustrated with a complete narrative cycle from the Shahnama, the Persian Book of Kings. Organized in horizontal bands, the small but highly detailed images recount the adventures of Bizhan and Manizha, beginning with Firdawsi’s beloved telling the story. The climax in the narrative appears in the lower register and depicts Rustam rescuing Bizhan from the pit where he has been imprisoned by the Turanian king Afrasiyab, Manizha’s evil father. This pictorial cycle predates any other depictions of the Bizhan and Manizha romance by some one hundred years.
- Freer Sackler Museum of Asian Art
Jahangir’s Dream (Jahangir, Mughal Emperor, embraces Abbas the Great, Shah of Iran) - c. 1620
Reza Abbasi,17th c
Portrait of Nassereddin Shah Qajar, 1854 - by Abu’l-Hasan Ghaffari (Sani’ al-Molk)
Image of Zoroaster, from the 18th century manuscript on alchemy Clavis Artis, attributed to Zoroaster. Biblioteca dell’Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma, vol. 1, p. 3. (Source)