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The hero Rustam slaying a dragon, from a manuscript of the Shahnama (Book of Kings)
Place of Origin: Northern India or Pakistan
Date: 1600-1650
Materials: Opaque watercolors on paper
Style or Ware: Sub-imperial Mughal
Dimensions: H. 10 1/4 in x W. 6 in, H. 26.1 cm x W. 15.2 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Hopper Fitch
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B74D20
On Display: No

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Label: Rustam is a prominent figure in the Shahnama, the Persian national epic written in the tenth century. In this painting, the heroic Rustam, who is also depicted in the painting below, wearing a tiger-skin coat and a feline helmet, battles a dragon—the third of seven obstacles that he must overcome during one of his adventures. The subject matter of this painting, its Chinese-inspired dragon, and the cloudlike rock formations are all associated with the Persian painting style ushered into South Asia under the early emperors of the Mughal dynasty (1526–1857).

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Exhibition History: Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)
Label: Rustam is a prominent figure in the Shahnama, the Persian national epic written in the tenth century. In this painting, the heroic Rustam, who is also depicted in the painting below, wearing a tiger-skin coat and a feline helmet, battles a dragon—the third of seven obstacles that he must overcome during one of his adventures. The subject matter of this painting, its Chinese-inspired dragon, and the cloudlike rock formations are all associated with the Persian painting style ushered into South Asia under the early emperors of the Mughal dynasty (1526–1857).
Exhibition History: Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)