Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); Rustam slaying the White Div

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; Rustam slaying the White Div; inscription; reverse: blank.
Border: The painting is set horizontally in gold, red, blue, and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
15th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 18 x 27.4 cm (7 1/16 x 10 13/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1907.610
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
demon, epic, Iran, Rustam, Shahnama
Provenance

To 1907
Colonel Henry Bathurst Hanna (1839-1914), London, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Colonel Henry Bathurst Hanna in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Reserve List of Persian Manuscripts and Miniatures, H.B.H. 92, pg. 9, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Colonel Henry Bathurst Hanna (C.L. Freer source) 1839 - 1914
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; Rustam slaying the White Div; inscription; reverse: blank.
Border: The painting is set horizontally in gold, red, blue, and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

Inscription(s)

On the top: "Likeness of Rustam, third ordeal" [?]

Published References
  • James Waterson. The Ismaili Assassins: A History of Medieval Murder. London. pl. 5.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum