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Exploring a Neglected Masterpiece: The Gulistan Shahnama of Baysunghur

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-126
Number of pages30
JournalIranian studies
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Abstract

The paper begins by summarizing the basic information about the Shahnama produced in Herat for the Timurid prince Baysunghur, son of Shah Rukh, in 833/1430, one of the three iconic illustrated versions of Firdausi's poem in Persian painting. It then considers in turn the originality of this manuscript, its iconographic program and the intervals at which the images are placed within the text. The themes of enthronement and combat or battle are explored at length, as are the page layout, the role of illumination and the technique and execution of the paintings.

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