Folio from a Manafi' al-hayawan (Usefulness of animals) by Ibn Bakhtishu (d.1058); recto: Two herons under pendant branches; verso: Four grouses in flight

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At A Glance

  • Period

    early 14th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 12.8 x 12 cm (5 1/16 x 4 3/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Manafi' al-hayawan (Usefulness of animals) by Ibn Bakhtishu; text: Persian in black and red naskhi script with title in black kufic script; recto: illustration and text: Two herons under pendant branches, one column, 13 lines; verso: illustration and text: Four grouses in flight, one column, 11 lines; one of a group of 6 folios.
    Border: The text and the painting have been remargined.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962)
  • Provenance

    To 1927
    Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1927 [1]
    From 1927
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1927 [2]
    [1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase -- Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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