The Third Trial:
On his quest to rescue King Kavus from demons, the hero Rostam had to succeed in many trials of his courage and strength. Rostam was asleep unaware that a huge 80 metre long dragon was approaching. He was woken up several times by Rakhsh, his faithful horse, but each time the Dragon made itself invisible and Rostam went back to sleep. However at last Rostam saw the dragon and drew his sword to slay it. With the help of Rakhsh, he was able to cut off the dragon’s head.
This is a Perisian manuscript of the Shahname which dates from the 15th century. It has seventy two miniature illustrations showing characters and scenes from the epic. The artwork in this version of the Shahname is particularly fine.