Binding of a Khamsa (Quintet) by Amir Khusraw Dihlavi (d.1325)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1575-1600
  • Geography

    Qazvin, Iran
  • Material

    Leather over paper pasteboards with gold block-stamping
  • Dimension

    H x W (open): 36.3 x 24.2 cm (14 5/16 x 9 1/2 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Binding with scenes of animals and birds in landscapes, surrounded by sunken panels of Persian calligraphy in thuluth script; leather over paper pasteboards; gold block-stamped; doublures of red leather with filigree work over blue, black and yellow painted grounds; one of a group of three: the binding (S1986.472) and folios (S 1986.72.1-2) are accessioned separately.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Claude Anet (1868-1931)
    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
  • Provenance

    From at least 1911
    Claude Anet (1868-1931), Paris, from at least 1911 [1]
    To 1942
    Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 [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] The object is documented as having appeared in the collection of Claude Anet by at least October 19, 1911. 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. 411. Claude Anet was the pseudonym of writer Jean Schopfer.
    [2] See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), pp. 178-179, no. 208.
    [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.
  • Origin

    Qazvin, Iran
  • Credit Line

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