Ilkhanid Illustration
Great Mongol (Demotte) Shāh-Nāmeh
Chapter 21 - The Ashkanians (200 years)
Ardashir and Ardavan fight
Tabriz, c.1340-1350



A larger image of this Battle Scene in the 'Demotte' Shāh-Nāmeh - Ilkhanid Soldiers.


Plate 41 in: M. GORELIK, "Oriental Armour of the Near and Middle East from the Eighth to the Fifteenth Centuries as Shown in Works of Art", in: Islamic Arms and Armour, ed. ROBERT ELGOOD, London 1979
41 Miniature from 'Demotte' Shāh-Nāmeh, Tabriz, c.1340-1350. (Detroit Institute of Arts. accession no. 35-54)
p.38 The second khuyagh armour style was a calf-length coat slit from the neck to the hem in the front, and from the sacrum to the hem in the back, which enabled the warrior to sit a horse (40-41). The coat comprised two vertical halves joined by a flexible seam down the back and fastened on the chest by clasps: the vents in the skirt of the coat created two wide tassets.



"DEMOTTE" ŠĀH-NĀMA, illustrated manuscript, now dispersed, of Ferdowsī's epic poem, often identified by the name of a former owner, the Paris dealer Georges Demotte (active ca. 1900-23). A more accurate designation is "the great Mongol Šāh-nāma," for it is generally believed to have been produced for a patron associated with the Il-khanid court and is particularly renowned for the intrinsic quality of its paintings. The large format of the manuscript and the incorporation of Chinese motifs into the paintings are characteristic of other Il-khanid examples, like Rašīd-al-Dīn's Jāmeʿ al-tawārīḵ. The paintings in the Šāh-nāma are exceptional, however, for their depiction of emotion, particularly grief, which is achieved through the figures' gestures and postures, often echoed and amplified by the expressive use of settings.
Source: Iranica Online

An Ilkhanid Illustration of 'Zav enthroned' from the Great Mongol (Demotte) Shah-Nameh. Sackler Gallery S1986.107.
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia, c.1330-1340. Ilkhanid Illustration. Harvard Art Museums 1958.288.
Zavara and Faramarz kill Isfandiyar's sons Nush-Azar and Mihr-i Nush. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia, c.1330-1340. Ilkhanid Illustration. Harvard Art Museums 1956.212.
Darab and Rashnavad fight the Rumis. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia, c.1330-1340. Ilkhanid Illustration. Harvard Art Museums 1919.130.
Battle between the armies of Iskandar and the Fur of Hind. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia, c.1330-1340. Ilkhanid Illustration. Harvard Art Museums 1955.167.
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada. Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama. Tabriz, Persia, c.1330-1340. Ilkhanid Illustration. Harvard Art Museums 1957.193.



Persian Cavalrymen c.1335 in Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 2 by Ian Heath, based on the 'Demotte' (Great Mongol) Shāh-Nāmeh
See also Kitāb-i-Samak Ayyār by Ṣadaqah Shīrāzī, c.1330-1340. (Bodleian Library, Oxford, Ouseley 381, fol. 61a)
Other Illustrations of Ilkhanid Mongols and Successors in 14th Century Persia and surrounds

Persian Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
Index of Illustrations of Costume and Soldiers







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