"Bahram Gur Hunting with Azada", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Author: Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)

Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript

Date: 1352

Geography: Attributed to Iran, Shiraz

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: Painting: H. 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm)
W. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Page: H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
W. 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm)
Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956

Accession Number: 57.51.32


The Shahnama manuscript from which this folio comes includes a page dated to the year 1352, making it the last known Injuid-period (1325–53) manuscript. The style of the painting in this manuscript is similar to that of an Injuid Shahnama dated 1341. This folio illustrates the hero Bahram Gur hunting with his companion and harp-player Azada. In the Shahnama version of this tale, Azada is trampled under the feet of Bahram Gur’s camel for her impudence, as depicted here.