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Iskandar's Iron Cavalry Battles King Fur of Hind (text, recto; painting, verso), illustrated folio from a manuscript of the Great Il-Khanid Shahnama (Book of Kings)

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Iskandar's Iron Cavalry Battles King Fur of Hind (text, recto; painting, verso), illustrated folio from a manuscript of the Great Il-Khanid Shahnama (Book of Kings), c. 1330-1340
Manuscript Folio
Persian
,
14th century
Ilkhanid period
Creation Place: Tabriz, Iran
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper
folio: 50.2 x 39.5 cm (19 3/4 x 15 9/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Edward W. Forbes
, 1955.167
Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art
,
Description
Recto: Text: 31 lines of naskhi in 6 columns, including one heading:
"Iskandar's letter to the Fur of Hind" (reserved against a ground of red hatching with blue dots.)
Verso: Text: 10 lines of naskhi in 6 columns, including one picture caption
"Iskandar battling with the Fur of Hind and Picture of the Iron Horses and Soldiers" (reserved against a ground of faint red spirals and blue dots)
Written in lower margin: "Alexander"
Bibliography
C.F. Kelley, "Persian and Indian Miniature Painting", Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1933), vol. XXVII, fig. pp. 46

Laurence Binyon and J. V. S. Wilkinson, Persian Miniature Painting: Including a Critical and Descriptive Catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House January-March, 1931, exh. cat., Oxford University Press (NY) and Oxford University Press (UK) (London, England, 1933), fig. plate XXVI

Eric Schroeder, Persian Miniatures in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1942), page 46-48/figure 6

Basil Gray, La Peinture Persane, Skira (Geneve, 1961)

Basil Gray, Persian Painting, Skira (New York, NY, 1977), page 29, 33-34

"The Rise of Islam", Harvard Magazine (May-June 1979), 99, 5, pp. 22-28, Pg. 25

Maurice Daumas, A History of Technology and Invention: Progress through the Ages, Crown Publishers Inc. (New York, 1979), P. 367, Plate 54

Marianna Shreve Simpson, Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1980), page 26-27/figure 5

Oleg Grabar and Sheila Blair, Epic Images and Contemporary History, The University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 1980), page 30, 116-117/figure 30

Johann Christoph Burgel, The Feather of Simurgh: The "Licity Magic" of the Arts in Medieval Islam, New York University Press (New York, NY, 1988), page 175/figure 17

Abolala Soudavar, "The Saga of Abu-Sa'id Bahador Khan: The Abu-Sa'idname", Oxford Studies In Islamic Art XII: The Court of the Il-Khans 1290-1340, Oxford University Press (NY) (Oxford, UK, 1996), page 134/figure 29

"Al-Qafilah", Al-Qafilah, Altraiki Printing Press (Dammam, 1997), page 30

Markus Hattstein and Peter Delius, Islam Kunst und Architektur, Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft (France, 2000), Page 387 & 403

Linda Komaroff, ed., The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353, exh. cat., ed. Linda Komaroff Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, 2002), pp135, fig. 160; pp256, num.48

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 50

Exhibition History
Arab and Persian Painting, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/10/1981 - 03/09/1981
The Heavenly Court: Persian Poetry and Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/09/1985 - 03/31/1985
Paintings for Princes: The Art of the Book in Islam, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/27/1990 - 03/25/1990
Eyes to the East: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Art Given by Harvard Graduates, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/22/1990 - 11/25/1990
In Detail: Looking at Persian, Turkish and Indian Pictures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/11/1995 - 01/21/1996
Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture 1256-1353 (The), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/28/2002 - 02/16/2003; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 04/13/2003 - 07/27/2003
Re-View: S231 (Islamic rotation: 5) Heroic Gestes: Epic Tales from Firdawsi's Shahnama, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 06/18/2010 - 11/27/2010
Word and Image in Persian Painting, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2013 - 03/30/2013