Shahnama

IMG_7594The David Collection in Copenhagen is known for its breath of Islamic Art. In its current exhibition, Shahnama: The Colorful Epic about Iran’s Past, miniatures from this famed poem [known in English as The Book of Kings], is on view. You are encouraged to take a magnifying glass and peer closely at the manuscript pages, allowing you to see intricate details. As you progress through the gallery spaces, the story unfolds, and you become engrossed in finding out more about Iran’s history.

IMG_7562The Slaying of Siyawush // Iran, Shiraz; end of 16th century & later // Leaf: 39 x 25; Frame: 33.8 x 25 cm

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 Kay Khusraw and the Persian Army March to Gudarz’s Rescue // Iran, Lahijan // 1492-1494 // Leaf: 32.4 x 24.5’ Frame: 27.2 x 21.1 cm

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 Bahrain Gur Captures the Khan of Chin // Iran, Shiraz & Turkey, Istanbul? // 1562-1583 // Leaf: 45.5 x 32.7; Frame: 32.8 x 22.7 cm

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