Illustration of Timurid Soldiers

Conquest of Baghdad by Timur from a 1445-46 Zafarnama
(Book of Victories) of Sharaf al-din 'Ali Yazdi (1424-54)


A larger image of the Conquest of Baghdad by Timur from a 1445-46 Zafarnama (Book of Victories) of Sharaf al-din 'Ali Yazdi (1424-54).


Shiraz, 1445-46.
Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art
This folio once illustrated a manuscript of the Zafarnama, a biography of the ruler Timur commissioned by his grandson Ibrahim Sultan. The text glorifies Timurís many victories on the battlefield, including his 1401 siege of Baghdad, depicted here. The distinctively spare yet highly animated angular compositions are characteristic of manuscript painting produced in Shiraz in this period.


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