Bahram Kills A Dragon: Firdawsi’s Shahnameh (Book of Kings)

Paintings attributed to Mu'in Musavvir (d.1697)
Paintings attributed to Mu’in Musavvir (d.1697)

Once there was a dragon that lived both in the water and on dry land, sometimes swimming in the sea and,
at other times, sunning on land.

Its enormous tail was so powerful that it could encompass an elephant.

It could also generate huge waves in the sea.

From a manuscript of “Shahnameh” (Book of Kings) by Firdausi (d. 1020)

In this 17th-century folio from the epic “Shahnameh,” a powerful king battles a large, fearsome dragon. Details here: https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/collection/artifact/bahram-gur-kills-a-dragon-akm80

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