Iskander and the talking tree

Iskander and the talking tree

Firdawsi

c.1430

Shiraz, Iran

Manuscript

A telling full-page illustration from Firdawsi’s epic Shahnama (completed AD 1010) depicts Iskandar (Alexander the Great) with a talking tree which foretells his death. The female speaking head indicates a night-time setting, while the animal heads may refer to the tree’s penchant for devouring wild animals left for it as sacrifices. This manuscript was commissioned for the Timurid prince Ibrahim Sultan, grandson of the great conqueror Timur (Tamerlane).

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