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        The Heroic Rustam, from Penjikent

        Artwork by Soghdian, (8th century). Tajikistani. Medium: wall painting on plaster. Date: 8th Century. Detail from a long frieze (first half of 8th century) with a series of scenes in which exploits are performed by hero. Hero is dressed in caftan made of leopard skin. Taken from a Persian epic. Pre-Islamic urban civilization of Soghdia. Provenance: Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia / The Bridgeman Art Library. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.

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