"Bazur, the Magician, Raises up Darkness and a Storm", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) Author: Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020), from an illustrated manuscript ca. 1430–40. During a battle between Persians and the Turanians, a sorcerer named Bazur (blue cape), creates a blizzard that engulfs the Persians. In the ensuing confusion, the Turanians attack, causing heavy casualties. This painting comes from a copy of the highly Persianate Shahnama that was probably made in northern India.