Ilkhanid Illustration
The Paladins of Kay Khusrau Perish in a Snowstorm
from the 1341 Inju Shahnama, Shiraz

Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The shah Kay Khusrau went to the mountains and disappeared in the snow. When his paladins realized what happened they set off to look for him, but they were caught in a snowstorm while asleep and they all perished. The illustration shows the typical traits of Injuid (1307-56) composition, with oversize figures against a mountainous landscape with pointed peaks. Another distinctive feature is the device of battle standards thrust into the upper margin of the page across the text to create a sense of expansive space.

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