Folio from a Manafi’ al-hayawan (Usefulness of animals) by Ibn Bakhtishu (d.1058); recto: Two herons under pendant branches; verso: Four grouses in flight

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Manafi’ al-hayawan (Usefulness of animals) by Ibn Bakhtishu; text: Persian in black and red naskhi script with title in black kufic script; recto: illustration and text: Two herons under pendant branches, one column, 13 lines; verso: illustration and text: Four grouses in flight, one column, 11 lines; one of a group of 6 folios.
Border: The text and the painting have been remargined.

Historical period(s)
Il-khanid dynasty, Mongol period, early 14th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 12.8 x 12 cm (5 1/16 x 4 3/4 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase -- Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1927.5
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
grouse, heron, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), naskh script
Provenance

To 1927
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1927 [1]

From 1927
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1927 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872-1962

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Manafi' al-hayawan (Usefulness of animals) by Ibn Bakhtishu; text: Persian in black and red naskhi script with title in black kufic script; recto: illustration and text: Two herons under pendant branches, one column, 13 lines; verso: illustration and text: Four grouses in flight, one column, 11 lines; one of a group of 6 folios.
Border: The text and the painting have been remargined.

Published References
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Exhibition of 2500 Years of Persian Art. Exh. cat. Washington, 1971. cat. 11.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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