Binding of volume Khusraw and Shirin by Nizami (d.1209)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    early 16th century
  • Geography

    probably Tabriz, Iran
  • Material

    Painted lacquer and leather
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 30.9 x 20 x 3.6 cm (12 3/16 x 7 7/8 x 1 7/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Book cover; cover of a Khusraw-u Shirin by Nizami (F1931.29); lacquer painted exterior covers with scenes of feasting on the front cover and envelope flap; scenes of hunting on the back cover; doublures are gold painted with gold-stamped cartouches, and black leather filigree over blue paper ground; one of a group of nine: the binding, the manuscript (F 1931.29), and 7 detached folios (F 1931-37) are accessioned separately.
  • Provenance

    To 1931
    Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1931 [1]
    From 1931
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1931 [2]
    [1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Art of the Court of Shah Tahmasp (December 16, 1979 to August 14, 1980)
    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 6 and 7 (February 25, 1956 to April 10, 1962)
    Untitled Exhibition, Islamic Manuscripts, 1955 (April 12, 1955 to December 16, 1955)
    Untitled Exhibition, Islamic Manuscripts, 1947 (October 6, 1947 to February 25, 1956)
    Untitled Exhibition, Persian and Near Eastern Art (May 5, 1933 to September 24, 1947)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962)
  • Origin

    probably Tabriz, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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