string(20) "edanmdm:fsg_F1952.35" Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d. 1020); recto: Rustam lifts Afrasiyab from the saddle; verso: text: Pishang's letter to Kay Qubad and his plea for reconciliation - National Museum of Asian Art

Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d. 1020); recto: Rustam lifts Afrasiyab from the saddle; verso: text: Pishang's letter to Kay Qubad and his plea for reconciliation

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At A Glance

  • Period

    February 1341 (Ramadan 741 A.H.)
  • Geography

    Shiraz, Iran
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 8.6 x 17.1 cm (3 3/8 x 6 3/4 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1952.35
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1952.35

Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; recto: illustration and text, Rustam lifts Afrasiyab from the saddle, 6 columns, and 30 lines; verso: text, Pishang's letter to Kay Qubad and his plea for reconciliation, 6 columns, 30 lines; one of a group of 7 folios. Patron: Qiwam al-Dawla wa'l-Din.
    Border: The text and the painting are set in gold and red rulings on cream-colored paper.
  • Provenance

    To 1952
    Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc., New York to 1952 [1]
    From 1952
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc. in 1952 [2]
    Notes:
    [1] See Freer Gallery or Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Engaging the Senses (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
    Near Eastern Art (January 1, 1963 to August 18, 1967)
    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 6 and 7 (February 25, 1956 to April 10, 1962)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc.
  • Origin

    Shiraz, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Manuscript
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