Mihr u Mushtari (The Sun and Jupiter) by Shams al-Din Muhammad Assar (d. circa1382)

Manuscript; Mihr u Mushtari (The Sun and Jupiter) by Shams al-Din Muhammad Assar; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script with headings in gold, red and blue; 284 bound folios and five detached folios with 1 shamsa (folio 1recto), 1 sarlawh (folio 2recto), 4 paintings, one dated colophon (folio 284recto), and 3 seals (folio 284recto); standard page, 2 columns, 12 lines; one of a group of 6: folios F1932.4-8 of the same bound manuscript have been detached and accessioned separately.
Binding: The manuscript is in a lacquer-painted binding with floral designs, scalloped medallion and corner-pieces. The doublures are of brown lacquer ground with single stemmed narcissus.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Ibrahim Khalil
Author: Shams al-Din Muhammad Assar of Tabriz
Historical period(s)
Shaybanid dynasty, Uzbek period, 1523 (929 A.H.)
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W x D: 26.5 x 17.4 x 3 cm (10 7/16 x 6 7/8 x 1 3/16 in)
Geography
Uzbekistan, Bukhara
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1932.3a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Mihr, Mushtari, Uzbek period (1500 - 1598), Uzbekistan
Provenance

To 1932
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York, to 1932 [1]

From 1932
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian in 1932 [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

Manuscript; Mihr u Mushtari (The Sun and Jupiter) by Shams al-Din Muhammad Assar; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script with headings in gold, red and blue; 284 bound folios and five detached folios with 1 shamsa (folio 1recto), 1 sarlawh (folio 2recto), 4 paintings, one dated colophon (folio 284recto), and 3 seals (folio 284recto); standard page, 2 columns, 12 lines; one of a group of 6: folios F1932.4-8 of the same bound manuscript have been detached and accessioned separately.
Binding: The manuscript is in a lacquer-painted binding with floral designs, scalloped medallion and corner-pieces. The doublures are of brown lacquer ground with single stemmed narcissus.

Inscription(s)

"Written by the sinful slave who hopes for the mercy of God the magnificent king, Ibrahim [son of] Khalil, may [God] pardon their sins and cover their faults, in Bukhara in the year 929 [A.D. 1522-23]."

Published References
  • Philipp Walter Schulz. Die Persisch-Islamische Miniaturmalerei: Ein Beitrag zur Kunstgeschichte Irans. 2 vols, Leipzig. vol. 2: pls. 72-80.
  • Richard Ettinghausen, Ernst Kuhnel. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present. 6 vols., London and New York, 1938 - 1939. vol. 3: p. 1871.
  • Sheila R. Canby. Persian Painting. Eastern Art Series London. pp. 46-48, fig. 26.
  • Laurence Binyon, J.V.S. Wilkinson, Basil Gray. Persian Miniature Painting: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House, January-March 1931. Exh. cat. Oxford, January - March 1931. p. 123, no. 106, pls.LXXIX, LXXX.
  • Abolala Soudavar, Milo Cleveland Beach. Art of the Persian Court: Selections from the Art and History Trust Collection. New York. pp. 208-209.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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