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A simurgh, in Majma’ al-ghara’ib

1698

The British Library

The British Library

The Iranian simurgh’s exact form and qualities are much disputed, like those of the phoenix or its North American relative the thunderbird. It was traditionally portrayed with a canine head, pointed ears and a ‘peacock’ tail. In Persian literature, however, it is usually depicted in flight with fantastic swirling tail-feathers. In this bestiary, the author describes the simurgh as strong enough to easily carry off an elephant. It is said to lay an egg once every 300 years. Shown here: ff. 64r

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  • Title: A simurgh, in Majma’ al-ghara’ib
  • Date Created: 1698
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Original Source: Add MS 15241
  • Rights: Public Domain. For more information visit: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

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