7/4/12

Royal Ontario Museum Canada displays Shahnameh-inspired illustrations


Until September 3, 2012
Wirth Gallery of the Middle East, Level 3
Completed about 1010 in Northeastern Iran, this great epic poem tells the story of Iran's kings and their faithful paladins from the beginning of times up to the Arab conquest in 644. As a poetic reflection on the nature of kingship, the "Book of Kings" celebrated legitimate rule, justice and good governance while deploring the cruelty of fate and pointing to the transient nature of power and glory. This exhibition brings together specimens of Shahnamaillustration preserved at McGill University, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the ROM.