Persian Shahnama Miniature Painting Rare Handmade Safavid Period Iran Tabriz Art

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Shahnama Art - Zal is sighted by a Caravan

  • Subject: Persian Miniature Painting
  • Paint Material: Opaque watercolors
  • Base Material: Paper (unframed)
  • Size: 6.5 in. wide X 9 in. tall (16.5 cms X 23 cms)
  • Age: Modern Handmade Art
  • Country of origin: India
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Presenting a rare and dazzling Persian miniature painting you will not find elsewhere. It is a handmade reproduction from the Shahnama.

The Shahnama ("The Book of Kings") is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Iran (Persia), Afghanistan (Khorasan), Tajikistan and the Persian-speaking world.

Zal, the father of the hero Rustam, was "born with a body like pure silver ... but his hair was that of an old man." An albino at birth, Zal's snow-white hair was considered an ill omen, and the newborn was left in the wilderness. Fortunately, the infant was rescued by the simurgh, a fantastic creature that raises Zal in a nest with her own fledglings. Some time later, travelers passing through the region are amazed to find "a noble youth" living in the mountains. In this remarkable composition, Zal perches on top of a surging rock just as the magnificent bird, with her magical tail feathers trailing behind, brings food to the nest.

A palette of purples, blues, and aqua greens, complemented by shimmering gold, creates a sense of vibrancy, while the sinuous lines of the simurgh's tail and the swaying foliage further heighten the drama of Zal's discovery. Even the rocks seem to pulsate with life as finely drawn animals, grotesques, and human faces emerge from the deep crags.

This is Persian style art at its finest. The handmade artwork has been brilliantly achieved with use of meticulous brushwork and fine watercolors, ink and gold. And you have a chance right now to experience and add to your collection this historical Persian Miniature artwork. Buy it now.