Page from a book of Persian literature [possibly from The Shahnameh / شاهنامه‎‎ / The Book of Kings]

Scope and Content

Verses of literature perhaps from Ferdowsi's the Shahnameh across 4 columns. Reference to Sikander (Alexander) and Bahman. The injured and bloodied King lies under a parasol with noblemen around him, his crown has been removed. He lies in the arms of another man, who has removed his crown. They carry arrows and several soldiers in all four corners look at them. Most wear helmets. Painting takes up more than half of the page. A few verses at the bottom of the page tell of how his eyes have shut and how he has says let him be, reached the end. Calligraphy on paper. 1 sheet. Dimensions: 260 x 155 mm. Includes two loose notes in Persian and one in Spanish found attached to frame.

Access Information



Removed from wooden frame by SOAS Brunei Gallery staff before transfer to SOAS Library. Yellowing, some rips along edges

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Yellowing, some rips along edges.

Archivist's Note

Descriptive text from former entry on SOAS Brunei Gallery catalogue


Custodial History

Following its donation to SOAS by the Fereydoun Djam Charitable Trust in 2011, this item was held in the SOAS Brunei Gallery art collection between 2011-2015 [Reference: SOASAW 2011.0237.01]