Wednesday, October 31, 2018

01 Paintings, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 10

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Rustam killing the White Demon
Reverse Glass Painting, c/. 19th c
18 3/4 in. x 13 1/4 in.
Private collection

Rostam was the mightiest of Iranian holy warriors. He was immortalized by the 10th-century Persian poet Ferdowsi in the Shahnameh, or Epic of Kings, which contains pre-Islamic Iranian folklore and history.

When Kai Kaus's, the Shahs, expedition to Mazandaran fails, and the army is captured by the Demons. Rostam engages to liberate them. Rostam passes through a hero's journey to save his sovereign who is captured by the demons of Mazandaran. This journey is called "Rostam's Seven Quests" 

In his seventh, and final,  quest Rostam overthrows and kills Div-e-Sepid, the White Demon. The blood of the White Demon's heart restores Kai Kavus. More on Rostam






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