In 1848 Mulla Husayn hoisted the “Black Standard” and set out from Mashhad on horseback, towards Karbila, accompanied by 200 of his companions.

The early believers invited the inhabitants of every village, they passed through, to join them as they headed towards the Conference of Badasht, but they were ambushed as they passed through a wooded area near the village of Barfarush.

Mulla Husayn and the Babi’s took refuge at the shrine of Shaykh Tabarsi and built a moat and a fortress in preparation for a long siege. A few days later they were joined by Quddus which brought the number to 313 the same number of believers who accompanied the Prophet Muhammad at the historical Battle of Badr, near Mecca.

When Nasiri’d-Din Shah heard about the uprising he dispatched 12,000 troops to restore the peace. The pursuing siege lasted several months through the cold and rigorous winter.

In this original oil painting we see the moment when Mulla Husayn’s horse became entangled in the rope of a tent “Early one morning, while the morning star was still shining brightly in the predawn sky, a sniper fired a shot from a tree fatally wounding Mulla Husayn just as he was mounting his horse.”                               The Dawn-Breakers.


This limited edition giclèe print measuring 18” x 24” on acid-free museum quality paper, numbered and signed by the artist is available for $75. This includes free shipping & handling worldwide.

This is a limited edition giclèe print measuring 20” x 32” on acid-free museum quality paper, numbered and signed by the artist is available for $115. This includes free shipping & handling worldwide.

A print on canvas of this original painting of “The Battle of Fort Tabarsi” measuring 20” x 16” stretched, hand embellished, repainted to perfection and varnished  by the artist ready for display with all the appearance of the original oil painting is available for $900. (Please allow a one month turnaround for the oil paint and varnish to dry with this order.) This includes free shipping & handling worldwide.

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The Battle of Fort Tabarsi

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