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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 15th century, repainted in India
  • Geography

    probably Shiraz, Iran
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 23 x 14.5 cm (9 1/16 x 5 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Manuscript; Poetic anthology; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; 179 folios with 1 illuminated title page (folio 1 recto), 5 sarlawhs (fols. 2 verso, 68 verso, 92 verso, 131 verso, 158 verso), and 7 paintings including a double-page frontispiece (1 verso, 2 recto, 41 verso, 78 recto, 98 recto, 104 recto,160 recto); obliterated seal (folio1 recto); inscriptions (folio1 recto); an excerpt from another manuscript inserted into this volume; standard page: 2 columns, 15 lines of text.
    Binding: The manuscript is bound in black leather over paper pasteboards with gold block-stamped panels on the exterior covers. The doublures are of red leather with a gold block-stamped medallion and corner-pieces. The manuscript contains early examples of marbled paper.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Colonel Henry Bathurst Hanna (1839-1914) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Provenance

    To 1907
    Colonel Henry Bathurst Hanna (1839-1914), London, to 1907 [1]
    From 1907 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Colonel Henry Bathurst Hanna in 1907 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original List of Persian Miniatures and Manuscripts, Miscellaneous section, S.I. 1587, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Curatorial Remark 1, Tara Desjardins, July 23, 2004, in the object record, which states: "Bought at Columbo."
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Origin

    probably Shiraz, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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