Persian Qajar Dynasty tile, horseman & huge bird, ‘Simurgh’, later 19thc.

$580.00 AUD

Persian Qajar Dynasty tile, with low relief scene of a man on a horse feeding (?) an enormous bird overhead, representing the mythical Simurgh bird, on a mottled brown ground.

Iran,

latter 19th century

20 x 14.5cm

Good condition

Simurgh – also called Huma – was a mythical creature which flew invisible above the earth. With no legs, it could not land, and it never cast a shadow – except onto a King. The feathers often seen on a King/Shah/Sultan’s turban represent this divine anointing. It is a mighty and auspicious bird, bringer of great fortune. It also represents the unattainable –  always being unreachably high, perhaps the origin of the saying ‘aiming for the sky’.

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