Folio from a Yusuf u Zulaykha by Jami (d. 1492); verso: Potiphar and Zulaykha enthroned; recto: text

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At A Glance

  • Period

    circa 1575
  • Geography

    Khurasan, Iran
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 28 x 18.8 cm (11 x 7 3/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Author

    Jami (died 1492)
  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Yusuf U Zulaykha by Jami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: two columns, twelve lines of text; verso: Potiphar and Zulaykha enthroned; one of a group of two folios.
    Border: The text is set in red, black, and gold rulings mounted on gold sprinkled paper, the painting is set in gold, red, and blue rulings mounted on paper with landscape and animal motifs.
  • Provenance

    To at least 1922
    Moussa, Tehran, Iran. [1]
    Sale, Paris, Ho^tel Drouot, Objets d'art Anciens de la Perse, May 5-6, 1922, no. 113. [2]
    To 1942
    Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. [3]
    From 1942 to 1986
    Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [4]
    From 1986
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [5]
    [1] The object was in the collection of Moussa (M.J.M) until 1922 when it was published in the auction catalogue, Objets d'art anciens de la Perse, May 5-6, 1922. 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. 404.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
    [5] See note 4.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
    Hotel Drouot
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
  • Origin

    Khurasan, Iran
  • Credit Line

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

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