The Prophet Muhammad enthroned and the four orthodox caliphs from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, Mongol period, early 14th century
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
H x W: 9.8 x 11.5 cm (3 7/8 x 4 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Detached manuscript folio

Caliph, Caliph Abu-Bakr, Caliph Ali, Caliph Omar, Caliph Uthman, epic, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), Muhammad, Shahnama, throne

To 1929
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1929 [1]

From 1929
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1929 [2]


[1] Object file (F1929.25a-b), 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

Published References
  • James Waterson. The Ismaili Assassins: A History of Medieval Murder. London. pl. 10.
  • Shahnama Studies I. Pembroke Papers, vol. 5 Cambridge, England. p. 27, fig. 1.
  • A. T. Adamova. Miniatuiry rukopisi poemy "Shakhname" 1333 goda. Leningrad. p. 31.
  • Christiane Gruber. The Praiseworthy One: The Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Texts and Images. Bloomington, Indiana. p. 60, fig. 1.16.
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson. The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts. Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts New York and London. pp. 300-01, 306, fig. 115.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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