Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); Recto: Iskandar builds the iron Rampart ; Verso: text

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1330-1340
  • Geography

    Tabriz, Iran
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 59 x 39.7 cm (23 1/4 x 15 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number

    S1986.104
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_S1986.104

Object Details

  • Previous custodian or owner

    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
    Georges Demotte (1877-1923)
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
  • 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. 402. 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.
  • 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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