Shahnameh (Shahnama) by Ferdowsi
Hunt in the mountains.
Source: (1) Shahnama Project
Frontispiece from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); Illumination containing a Dedication to Qiwamuddawla wa'l-Din Hasan
A Ruler Enthroned. Frontispiece.
Source: (2) Smithsonian
Chapter 7 Manuchihr
Sam, Zal, Simurgh [Sam asks the Simurgh to return Zal?].
Source: (3) University of Washington Sabah Art collections, Mathaf al-Kuwayt al-Watani, Yemen
The meeting of Zāl and Rudaba, father and mother of Rustam. [Zal sees Rudaba on the roof of her palace].
Source: (4) Museum of Fine arts, Boston
Chapter 8 Nauzar
Zāl joins Miḥrāb in battling the Turanians.
Source: (5) The Walters
Zahhak and Farshidward before Afrāsiyāb [?].
Source: (6) Smithsonian
Chapter 10 Garshasp
Zal tells Rustam to prepare for war against the Turanians.
Source: (1) Shahnama Project
Chapter 11 Kay Qubad
Rustam Lifts Afrāsiyāb from the Saddle.
Source: (7) Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art
Chapter 12 Kay Kavus
Shah Kay Kavus Attempts To Fly To Heaven.
Source: (8) Aga Khan's Museum
Tahmineh comes to Rostam (Rustam).
Source: (9) The Fitzwilliam Museum
Siyavush Displays his Skill at Polo before Afrāsiyāb.
Source: (10) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Chapter 13 Kay Khusrau
Pay Homage to Kay Khusrau [?].
Source: (11) Harvard University Library
Tus battling the Turanians. [perhaps 'Farud shoots Tus' horse from under him'].
Source: (12) The Walters
The Iranians mourn Farud [& his mother Jarira].
Source: (13) Shahnama Project
Iranian and Turanian Armies in Combat. [The Turanians defeat the Iranians].
Source: (14) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rustam Pleads for Tus Before Kay Khusrau.
Source: (15) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rustam kills Ashkabus the Kashani and his horse.
Source: (16) British Museum
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso.
Source: (45) Museum of Fine arts, Boston
Rustam and the Iranian Army Besiege the Fortress of Kafur the Cannibal
[Gustaham besieges Kafur the Cannibal's fortress, then Rustam fights Kafur].
Source: (17) Harvard Art Museums
Rustam returning to Iran after killing the Div Akvan. [Kay Khusrau receives Rustam after he has killed Akvan Div].
Source: (18) Bonhams
Bizhan Slaughters the Wild Boars of Irman.
Source: (19) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rustam Rescues Bijan (Bizhan) from the Well.
Source: (20) Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art
Rustam confronting the Turanian, Pilsam. [perhaps 'The armies of Turan and Iran facing each other'].
Source: (21) Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art
Nastihan Slain by Bijan. [Nastihan makes a night attack and is killed by Bizhan].
Source: (22) Smithsonian
Two of the Duels between the Twelve Rukhs. Furuhad and Zangula (top); Ruhham and Barman (bottom).
Source: (23) Smithsonian
Shida, Son of Afrāsiyāb, Slain by Kay Khusraw (Khusrau).
Source: (24) Smithsonian
Kay Khusraw crossing the sea. [Kay Khusrau returns from Gang Dizh by sea].
Source: (25) Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art
Execution of Afrāsiyāb.
Source: (5) The Walters
The Paladins of Kay Khusrau Perish in a Snowstorm.
Source: (26) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Story of Luhrasp. [perhaps 'The death of Luhrasp in battle against the forces of Arjasp'].
Source: (27) Smithsonian
Chapter 15 Gushtasp
Gushtasp killing the Dragon [in Rum].
Source: (28) Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art
Rustam Discoursing with Isfandiyar. [Rustam argues with Isfandiyar during the feast].
Source: (29) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rustum Fighting with Isfandiyar. [perhaps 'The first combat of Rustam and Isfandiyar'].
Source: (30) Albright Knox Gallery
Chapter 20 Iskandar (14 years)
Iskandar visits Queen Qaidafa of Andalucia.
Source: (44) Museum of Fine arts, Boston
Iskandar builds a wall against Gog and Magog.
Source: (43) David Collection Museum, Copenhagen
Chapter 22 The Sassanians: Ardashir Babakan (42 years)
Shahpur at the well.
Source: (31) University of Washington
Chapter 34 Yazdagird the Sinner
Yazdgird Shahriyar Enthroned.
Source: (32) Smithsonian
Bahrām Gūr Ascends to the Throne.
Source: (33) Christies
Chapter 35 Bahram Gur
Bahrām Gūr in a peasant's house. [Bahram Gur helps the landlord's cow to produce milk again].
Source: (34) The Walters
Bahrām Gūr Slays a Dragon in India.
Source: (35) Smithsonian
The Sasanian King Yazdigird Killed by a Kick from a Horse [Yazdigird II?].
Source: (36) Chester Beatty Library
This folio is part of a dispersed Shahnama (Book of Kings) manuscript made for the Injuid vazir, or government minister, Qivam al-Din. The comparatively large figures, shallow picture space and horizontal format are typical of Islamic painting in all regions before the late fourteenth century. However, the simplified, highly stylized forms of the vegetation and the red background of this illustration are characteristic specifically of painting in the city of Shiraz in southern Iran in the time of the Injuid dynasty (c. 1325-53).
Sarafra'i Kills Khushnavaz in a Night Battle [Khushnavaz fights Sufaray].
Source: (37) Brooklyn Museum
King Khusraw (Kisra) Anushirvan Enthroned.
Source: (38) Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Chapter 43 Khusrau Parviz
Kharrad Recognizes the Princess as being an Automaton [Kharrad Barzin investigates the weeping talisman and reveals its secret?].
Source: (39) The Metropolitan Museum of Art