Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); The paladin Piran presents the young Khusraw to Afrasiyab

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At A Glance

  • Period

    early 14th century
  • Geography

    Probably Iran
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor, gold and black on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 4.4 x 8.3 cm (1 3/4 x 3 1/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskhi script; recto: blank; verso: illustration and text: The paladin Piran presents the young Khusraw to Afrasiyab, 6 columns, 29 lines; one of a group of 2 folios.
    Border: The text and the painting are set in red, gold, blue, and white rulings on cream-colored paper.
  • Provenance

    To 1940
    Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1940 [1]
    From 1940
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1940 [2]
    [1] Object file. For additional information, see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962)
  • Origin

    Probably Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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