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Gudarz mourns the dead Piran
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After a pause, Gudarz climbs up the hill to find Piran's body, which he mourns. He intends to cut off Piran's head, but finds this action repugnant. He does however drink some of  the dead hero's blood and rubs it also over his face. He then plants a banner above Gudarz's head, before turning back down the mountainside.It is conspicuous that several of the artists who paint this scene show Gudarz cutting off Piran's head, or coming away with it. This may be because they misunderstood the text, which however is glossed by all commentators to mean that Gudarz refrained from this action; it may simply be because most of the other combats had ended in this way.
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Mohl Bertels Khaleghi- Motlagh Mohl Warner
Volume 13f
Page 967
Verse Start 2049
Verse End 2057