Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); verso: Ardashir captures Ardavan; verso: text: Kavus journey to Barbaristan

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1330-1340
  • Geography

    Tabriz, Iran
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 59.2 x 39.7 cm (23 5/16 x 15 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number

    S1986.103
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_S1986.103

Object Details

  • Provenance

    To 1913
    Georges Demotte (1877-1923), Paris, France. [1]
    From 1913 to 1942
    Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Georges Demotte, Paris, France on June 1913. [2]
    From 1942 to 1986
    Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [3]
    From 1986
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [4]
    Notes:
    [1] See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 401. See also Glen D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 2: Ledger of Acquisitions, 1894 and 1907-17" in A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 234.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
    [4] See note 3.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings (October 23, 2010 to April 17, 2011)
    The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 (November 5, 2002 to July 27, 2003)
    The Heroic Past: The Persian Book of Kings (June 4 to October 29, 2000)
    A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
    Georges Demotte (1877-1923)
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
  • Origin

    Tabriz, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Manuscript
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