Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); The women of the family of Afrasiyab begging quarter from Kay Khusraw, The escape of Afrasiyab from Gang-dizh

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskhi script; recto: blank; verso: illustration and text: The women of the family of Afrasiyab begging quarter from Kay Khusraw, The escape of Afrasiyab from Gang-dizh, heading in gold, 6 columns, 18 lines; one of a group of 4 folios.
Border: The text is set in gold, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, early 14th century
Medium
Opaque watercolor, gold, black, and silver on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 5.3 x 11.1 cm (2 1/16 x 4 3/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1930.91
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
begging, family, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, Islam, Kay Khusraw, naskh script, Rustam, Shahnama
Provenance

To 1930
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York. [1]

From 1930
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] See Accession file and the Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872-1962

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskhi script; recto: blank; verso: illustration and text: The women of the family of Afrasiyab begging quarter from Kay Khusraw, The escape of Afrasiyab from Gang-dizh, heading in gold, 6 columns, 18 lines; one of a group of 4 folios.
Border: The text is set in gold, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Published References
  • Grace Dunham Guest. Notes on the Miniatures on a 13th Century Beaker. vol. 10 Ann Arbor. fig. 15.
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson. The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts. Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts New York and London. pp.131, 185, 280.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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