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Illustration from the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp I, 1522-1540

Chapter 20 - Iskandar

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To avoid the bloodshed of battle, Alexander challenged King Fur of Hind (India) to single combat. Fur proved a formidable opponent, and Alexander began to fear for his life. Suddenly, a loud disturbance from the ranks distracts Fur. Fur turns his head toward the noise. Alexander charges forward and strikes the fatal blow with his sword.

From the portion of the manuscript in the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran.
Although the story is of an earlier period, the figures wear early 16th century Persian costume.

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