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City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan

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The exhibition City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan presents recent findings from Mexican national and international archaeological projects excavating at Teotihuacan's three main pyramids—the Sun, Moon, and the Feathered Serpent—and major residential compounds.

On May 2, 2018 Gordafarid, the first female Naqqal (or Iranian epic storyteller) presented tales behind some of the art in the exhibition In the Field of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art.

In this video, Gordafarid presents The Story of Gurdafarid and Suhrab.

Gurdafarid is the only female warrior in the Iranian national epic the Shahnama or “Book of Kings,” completed by the Persian poet Firdausi in 1010 A.D. Gurdafarid is best known for her martial role in the battle against Suhrab, another legendary hero, from the rival land of Turan. To defend Iran against a Turanian raid, Gurdafarid disguises herself as a male warrior and bravely faces the entire enemy army. Engaged in single combat with Suhrab, he pulls off her helmet revealing her true nature. Suhrab promptly falls in love with Gurdafarid, who knows she can only succeed against her more powerful adversary through cunning. She eventually escapes to her fortress and from atop its high walls she mocks Suhrab and strangely enough foretells his doom.


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On May 2, 2018 Gordafarid, the first female Naqqal (or Iranian epic storyteller) presented tales behind some of the art in the exhibition In the Field of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art.

In this video, Gordafarid presents The Story of Rostam and Suhrab.

The battle of Rustam and Suhrab is the most tragic story among the 52,000 rhymed couplets comprising the Iranian epic of the Shahnama. Suhrab, a fabled hero, was the son of a Turanian princess Tahmina and the greatest Iranian hero, Rustam. Rustam left Tahmina after only one night together but gave her an armband to be passed along should their brief union produce a son. Suhrab grew up to become an undefeated warrior like Rustam. When a war was looming between Iran and Turan, these two heroes came to fight against one other, although neither was aware of the other’s identity nor their bond as father and son. They fought for what seemed like an eternity. Eventually, Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab. The dying young Suhrab warns the old champion that one day his father, Rustam, would avenge his death, and only then do they realize their relationship. Suhrab shows his armband to Rustam and he grieves over Suhrab’s wounded body, but it was too late and no one could save his son!


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