Folio from a Kalila wa-dimna; recto: text, The story of magpies and owls; verso: The battle between the magpies and the owls

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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid-15th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and ink on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 22.9 x 14.6 cm (9 x 5 3/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Kalila wa dimna; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: text: The story of magpies and owls, heading in gold, one column, 14 lines; verso: illustration and text: The battle between the magpies and the owls.
    Border: The text and the painting are set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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