Binding of volume Khusraw and Shirin by Nizami (d.1209)

Book cover; cover of a Khusraw-u Shirin by Nizami (F1931.29); lacquer painted exterior covers with scenes of feasting on the front cover and envelope flap; scenes of hunting on the back cover; doublures are gold painted with gold-stamped cartouches, and black leather filigree over blue paper ground; one of a group of nine: the binding, the manuscript (F 1931.29), and 7 detached folios (F 1931-37) are accessioned separately.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, early 16th century
Medium
Painted lacquer and leather
Dimensions
H x W x D: 30.9 x 20 x 3.6 cm (12 3/16 x 7 7/8 x 1 7/16 in)
Geography
Iran, probably Tabriz
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1931.30
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Book
Type

Bookbinding

Keywords
hunting, Iran, Khusraw, music, papier-maché, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Shirin
Provenance

To 1931
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1931 [1]

From 1931
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1931 [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

Book cover; cover of a Khusraw-u Shirin by Nizami (F1931.29); lacquer painted exterior covers with scenes of feasting on the front cover and envelope flap; scenes of hunting on the back cover; doublures are gold painted with gold-stamped cartouches, and black leather filigree over blue paper ground; one of a group of nine: the binding, the manuscript (F 1931.29), and 7 detached folios (F 1931-37) are accessioned separately.

Published References
  • Layla S. Diba. Lacquerwork of Safavid Persia and its Relationship to Persian Painting. 2 vols. New York. cat. 18, vols. 1 and 2, pp. 146, 511-12.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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