Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: illuminated page of text, Baysunghuri preface; verso: twenty-five lines of prose from the Baysunghuri preface

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  • Period

    circa 1590-1600
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  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 32.1 x 19.8 cm (12 5/8 x 7 13/16 in)
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  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian with a few Arabic lines in black nasta'liq script; recto: illuminated page, Baysunghuri preface, one column, twenty-five lines; verso: text, one column, twenty five lines of prose; one of a group of twenty-six folios.
    Border: The text is set in gold, red and purple rulings on cream-colored paper.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

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