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Khamsa of Nizami, Herat, c. 1493: Bahram Gur slaying the Dragon, painted by Bihzad

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Title: Khamsa of Nizami, Herat, c. 1493: Bahram Gur slaying the Dragon, painted by Bihzad
Author(s): Gray, Basil
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mediaeval painting;paintings;miniatures;book scan
Description: Bihzad's favourite scheme shows a predominance of blues and greens with frequent areas of low-toned browns and earth yellows as a foil, and occasional touches of bright red. Old-fashioned gold sky, but without the conventional cloud-forms. Here Bahram, instead of bringing down his sword on the dragon's head, shoots an arrow from a distance while his horse rears in fright. The landscape is wilder, and the dragon poised to spring crouches against the tree, no easy victim. Behind on the horizon instead of two casual spectators there is only a wild ass, which certainly intensifies the solitary feat of the king. The varied hues in the purple rocks are shaded naturalistically, and the scene is intensely felt. Basil Gray compares it with another illustration of the same subject, also in British Museum. -- 5.125 x 3.5625".
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4300


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