Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d. 1020); recto: Battle between Kay Khusraw and Afrasiyab; verso: text: Letter of Kay Khusraw to Kavus and his victory

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At A Glance

  • Period

    1493-1494 (899 A.H.)
  • Geography

    Gilan, Iran
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 34.5 x 24.2 cm (13 9/16 x 9 1/2 in)
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Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Salik b. Sa'id
  • Patron

    Sultan-Ali Mirza (1478-1504)
  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration and text, Battle between Kay Khusraw and Afrasiyab; verso: text, Letter of Kay Khusraw to Kavus and his victory, four columns, twenty-three lines; one of a group of seven folios.
    Border: The text and the painting are set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper.
  • Origin

    Gilan, Iran
  • Credit Line

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