#Puzzle : Isfandiyar & his army in a snow storm

a Deccan miniature from a Shahnama manuscript

The Shahnama, or the Book of Kings was compiled by the Persian poet Ferdowsi around 1010 CE. It traces the story of Iran from mythical times through to the arrival of the Muslim Arabs in the mid-7th century AD. The stories describe Persian kings and heroes and their conflicts with various enemies, including mystical creatures like the Simurgh.

Over centuries, several rulers commissioned copies of the popular epic resulting in a series of royal manuscripts produced in a variety of styles.

Today we bring you a painting featuring hero Isfandiyar. The painting, produced in 1790 was created in the Deccan region of India.

The backstory: During the Iran-Turan war, Isfandiyar, the son of King Gushtasp (Iran) set out with his army to rescue his sisters (held captive by the King of Turan). On his way, he must face seven trials (ordeals).

This painting features the sixth ordeal : a snowstorm!

Can you slide the pieces to reveal the painting?


  1. Slide the pieces over the board till the painting is complete. 
  2. You can only move one piece at a time, you can do so by clicking on it. You can only move the pieces near the free area (grey). 

    Hint: Follow the number sequence  

In case you are wondering, Isfandiyar does make it through the snowstorm – only to land in a wilderness of dust, sand, and intolerable heat the next day.

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