Book of Kings (I & II)

8 pages, 4.25" x 2.75", 2018

Two “magic book” folded zines that serve as an homage to Shah Tahmasp I’s elaborately illustrated manuscript of the Shanameh, or the Persian Book of Kings. In particular, the two zines represent the concept of bazm u razm, or “feasting and fighting.”

 

“Book of Kings I” focuses on razm (conflict/fighting), and excerpts illustrations from Shah Tahmasp I’s Shanameh that depict exaggerated and excessive violence. “Book of Kings II” focuses on bazm (feasting/celebration), and excerpts illustrations from the same manuscript that depict feasts and other leisure activities.


Both zines unfold to reveal more information on the history of Shah Tahmasp I’s Shanameh.