Tahmas Kuli Khan.Sophi of Persia. This Prince from the low condition of a shepherd (his Father living in ye same Occupation) rais'd himself to the Throne of one of ye most flourishing Empires in ye World; and has fill'd all Asia for some time with Terror & Astonishment.
Sold at ye Blackmoor's Head opposite Surry Street in ye Strand, 20 June 1740.
Engraving. Sheet size: 365 x 230mm. (14½ x 9"). Trimmed inside platemark. Repaired hole in printed area on left below image.
A portrait of 'Tahmas Kuli Khan', more commonly known as Nader Shah (1688 - 1688), in a decorative border including a shepherd and an angel. Nader ruled as Shah of Iran (1736–47) and was the founder of the Afsharid dynasty. Because of his military genius, some historians have described him as the Napoleon of Persia or the Second Alexander. He was a member of the Turkic Afshar tribe of northern Persia, which had supplied military power to the Safavid state. Nader rose to power during a period of anarchy in Iran, and reunited the Persian realm. He became so powerful that he decided to depose the last members of the Safavid dynasty, which had ruled Iran for over 200 years, and become shah himself in 1736. His victories briefly made him the Middle East's most powerful sovereign, but his empire quickly disintegrated after he was assassinated in 1747. Nader Shah has been described as "the last great Asian military conqueror". and he is credited for restoring Iranian power.
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