string(21) "edanmdm:fsg_S1986.115" Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); Two of the duels between the Twelve Rukhs: Furuhad and Zangula (top); Ruhham and Barman (bottom) - National Museum of Asian Art

Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); Two of the duels between the Twelve Rukhs: Furuhad and Zangula (top); Ruhham and Barman (bottom)

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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: 36.1 x 29.4 cm (14 3/16 x 11 9/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Husayni (known as) Mawsili
  • Patron

    Qiwam al-Dawla wa'l-Din
  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; recto: Two of the duels between the Twelve Rukhs: Furuhad, Zangula, Ruhham and Barman, 6 columns, 12 lines of text; circular illegible seal on the left corner; the lower left-hand corner of the folio has been pasted together with several pieces taken from another part of the manuscript; verso: blank; one of a group of twelve folios. Patron: Qiwan al-Dawla wa'l-Din.
    Border: The text and the paintings are set in red and black rulings mounted on cream-colored paperboard.
  • Provenance

    Charles Vignier (1863-1934), Paris, France. [1]
    To 1942
    Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. [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]
    [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.
    [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 Art of Painting a Story: Narrative Images from Iran (December 22, 1991 to May 10, 1992)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
    Charles Vignier (1863-1934)
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
  • Origin

    Shiraz, Iran
  • Credit Line

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