Handcoloured Persian lithograph illustration from an early janknama: 'Islamic soldier divides an infidel's soldier into two pieces by his sword'.
[WAR SCENE FROM AN EARLY PERSIAN BOOK OF WARS / JANKNAMA].
[ca. 1820], [Persia-Iran].
Original lithograph hand-colored print taken from an early Persian janknama [i.e. The book of wars]. Persian text with ten lines around the painting. 29x23,5 cm. In its cardboard. In Persian. 1 p. The Battle tales of Hz. Ali, considered under the title of religious heroism sagas, are the examples of the apparent Arabic-Persian and Turkish cultural interactions. Battle tales can be considered within Arabic literature since it narrates the heroic behaviors shown by Hz. Ali during the Islamic Conquest. At the same time; they can be classified under the Persian literature for its supernatural legendary and mythological properties in some stories and the storytelling styles in the battle tales comported with the renowned mythological Persian hero Rüstem and his heroisms mentioned in the Shahname. The battle tales type, regarding its place in the Turkish culture and literature, has been a type that has been attracting people since the 13th century in Anatolia due to the righteousness, bravery, commitment to the Messenger Hz. Muhammed and heroism of Hz. Ali. (Source: BATTLE TALES OF HZ. ALI AND A TEXT: "BATTLE OF ESED AND SHAH MERDAN", by Saluk). This early hand-colored lithograph print page depicts an Islamic soldier who divides an infidel's soldier into two pieces by his sword. Extremely rare.
Early prints The book of war Iranica