Zal implores Simorgh

Zal implores Simorgh, Mughal School, India, Sixteenth century, attributed to Miskin. Beautiful Indian miniature painted according to the Persian style. The scene is depicting an episode from the Shah Name of Firdousi. The Mughal court welcomed many Iranian artists in search of new patrons after the disinterest of Shah Tahmasp for art.

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1000 pieces jigsaw puzzle ; assembled puzzles 48 X 68 cm.

Indian painting, XVIthe century, Mughal School of painting


In a landscape, influenced by Persian art, a fabulous bird, the Simurgh, flies to an old man, Prince Zal, who asks him to save his son Rustam ("War Elephant") badly injured and his trusty steed Raksch in its fight against Isfendiar, "the illustrious hero in bronze body." Ducks and fish inhabit the stream in the foreground, while here and there, partridges dot the pink rocks. This miniature illustrates an episode extremely famous in the Shah Nameh or "Book of Kings", the Persian national epic glory of the ancient kings of Iran and their legendary exploits, which was shaped by Ferdowsi in the eleventh century.

"(...) Zal climbed a high mountain, he brought from his palace three censers filled with fire, and three men full of caution accompanied him. When the magician had arrived on the crest of the mountain, he took from a piece of brocade a feather, stirred the fire in the censers, and burned over the fire one end of the pen. When eve of the dark night was over, it seemed that the air became like a black cloud. The Simorgh looked from the air, he saw the glow of the fire burning in front of which was Zal, heart ulcerated with pain. The bird flied in circles, and Zal rose, he blessed the bird repeatedly and worshiped. He filled all three casseroles incense before him, and flooded her cheeks the blood of his heart. "

Upon formation of the Mughal imperial workshop in the second half of the sixteenth century, the composition of miniatures is organized on three vertically stacked planes. In general, as here, the main stage is in the background, on the level of the eye of the reader.

  • Nombre de pièces : 1000
  • Taille : 48 X 68 cm.


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