Folio from a Falnama (Book of omens); verso: The Angel of Death (Israel) slays Shaddad; recto: text

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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid 1550s-early 1560s
  • Geography

    Qazvin, Iran
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 59.3 x 44.8 cm (23 3/8 x 17 5/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Falnama (Book of omens); text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration: The Angel of Death (Israel) slays Shaddad; verso: text, one column, eleven lines; one of a group of twenty folios.
    Border: The painting and text have occupied the full width of the page.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Falnama: The Book of Omens (October 24, 2009 to January 24, 2010)
    The Adventures of Hamza (June 26 to September 29, 2002)
    America's Smithsonian (February 9 to August 26, 1997)
    Variations on a Script: Islamic Calligraphy from the Vever Collection (February 18 to September 16, 1990)
    A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
  • Origin

    Qazvin, Iran
  • Credit Line

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