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The white demon Akvan carries Rostam (or Rustam), son of Zal

The white demon Akvan carries Rostam (or Rustam), son of Zal


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The white demon Akvan carries Rostam (or Rustam), son of Zal

LRI3725848 The white demon Akvan carries Rostam (or Rustam), son of Zal, from a manuscript of the Shahnameh, by Firdawsi (gouache on paper) by Persian School; Biblioteca Nazionale, Naples, Italy; (add.info.: Shah Nama (Shahnama or Shahnameh)
Firdawsi (Firdusi or Ferdowsi) (10th century)); Luisa Ricciarini; Persian, out of copyright

Media ID 22235962

© Luisa Ricciarini / Bridgeman Images

Abducting Asleep Demon Devil Ferdowsi Fierce Horned Horns Iranian Kidnapping Oblivious Rostam Rustam Shahnama Shahnameh Unaware Firdawsi Firdusi Monster Shah Nama


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In this print, we are transported into the mythical world of Persian folklore. The scene depicts a dramatic moment from the Shahnameh, an epic poem by Firdawsi that narrates the heroic tales of ancient Persia. The focus is on Rostam, son of Zal, a legendary hero who lies peacefully asleep atop his horse. Unbeknownst to him, he is being carried away by the fearsome white demon Akvan. With its imposing horns and fierce expression, Akvan exudes an air of malevolence as it effortlessly lifts Rostam from his slumber. This mesmerizing artwork showcases the mastery of Luisa Ricciarini in capturing both the power and subtleties of Persian mythology. The intricate details in gouache on paper bring life to every element – from Rostam's serene face to each strand of hair on Akvan's head. As we gaze at this painting, we can almost hear Firdawsi's poetic verses echoing through time – recounting tales of bravery and adventure against mythological creatures like demons and monsters. It is a testament to how art has preserved these ancient stories for generations to come. Ricciarini's illustration not only transports us into this enchanting realm but also serves as a reminder that even heroes can be caught unaware while resting. This piece invites us to delve deeper into Persian culture and explore the rich tapestry woven within its myths and legends.

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