Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d.1209); verso: illustration: Alexander, in India, sees the water nymphs; recto: text

Folio from the Iskandarnama in the Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: 4 columns, 17 lines; verso: illustration: Alexander sees the water nymphs; from the manuscript F1908.199.
Binding: The folio is bound with the rest of the manuscript in leather over paper pasteboards with doublures of cream-colored paper.

Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Murshid al-Shirazi
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1548 (955 A.H.)
Medium
Opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 31.1 x 19.7 cm (12 1/4 x 7 3/4 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1908.284
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
Alexander, bathing, Iran, mermaid, Safavid period (1501 - 1722)
Provenance

To 1908
Tabbagh Frères, Paris, to 1908 [1]

From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tabbagh Frères, Paris, through the Bauer-Folsom Company, New York, in 1908 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See List of Persian Books and Paintings, S.I. 1592, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. In 1932, F1908.259-.284 were separated from F1908.199 and given their current numbers.

[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)

Tabbagh Frères (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919

Description

Folio from the Iskandarnama in the Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: 4 columns, 17 lines; verso: illustration: Alexander sees the water nymphs; from the manuscript F1908.199.
Binding: The folio is bound with the rest of the manuscript in leather over paper pasteboards with doublures of cream-colored paper.

Published References
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Exhibition of 2500 Years of Persian Art. Exh. cat. Washington, 1971. cat. 35.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum