Ali Fighting to Take the Fortress of Qamus


Chester Beatty

Chester Beatty

During the taking of the fortress of Qamus, Ali, the Prophet's cousin and son-in-law, especially distinguished himself. It is said that he single-handedly ripped off the door of the fortress, using it first as a shield to fend off attackers, and then as a bridge to allow his fellow Muslims to cross the moat. This painting is from a Book of Divinations made for Tahmasp, ruler of Iran (r. 1524-76). Ali stands on the shoulders of an angel and a flaming halo emerges from the saddle of his mule.

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  • Title: Ali Fighting to Take the Fortress of Qamus
  • Date Created: 1550-60
  • Physical Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Location Created: Iran
  • Original Source: Chester Beatty Library
  • Rights: © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
  • Collection Number: CBL Per 395.2
  • Additional Description: Falnama (Book of Divinations)