A polo game and a hunting scene from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, Mongol period, early 14th century
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 21 x 15.2 cm (8 1/4 x 6 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Detached manuscript folio

epic, frontispiece, hunting, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), naskh script, polo, Shahnama, thuluth script
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Published References
  • Abolala Soudavar Milo Cleveland Beach. Art of the Persian Court: Selections from the Art and History Trust Collection. New York. p. 37.
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson. The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts. Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts New York and London. pp. 60, 124, 351.
  • Iranian Institute of America. Guide to the Exhibition of Iranian Art. Exh. cat. New York. p. 190, case 73a.
  • A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present. 15 vols., , Reissue with corrigenda and addenda. London and New York. p. 1834.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum