Claude Anet (1868-1931), Paris to 1931 
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), acquired in Paris, March 21, 1932 
Freer Gallery of Art, puchased from Hagop Kevorkian in 1932 
 Object file, folder sheet note.
 See Hagop Kevorkian's letter to Mr. Lodge, dated March 25, 1932 Paris, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Claude Anet 1868-1931
Hagop Kevorkian 1872-1962
Detached folio from a bound copy of Divan (collected poems) by Hafiz (F1932.45) with selections from the work of Ibn Yamin, Omar Khayyam, and Nizami in the margins; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration and text: A polo game, verso: text: two columns, 12 lines and marginal verses; one of a group of 9 detached folios (F 1932.46-54) from the bound manuscript (F 1932.45); accessioned separately.
Border: The painting and the text are set in gold, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.
The game of polo reputedly originated in Iran and, like hunting, represents one of the foremost royal pastimes. It also became a popular subject matter for poets and painters, who have used the sport and its equipment, including the mallet, ball, and playing field, as metaphors for human skill and prowess as well as the vagaries of life. In the accompanying verses, for instance, the poet has compared the polo ball to the universe that rests in the curve of the polo stick on the playing field of eternity. While this painting from an early sixteenth-century copy of the Divan (collected poems) by the mystic poet Hafiz can be viewed as a literal illustration of a lively polo match, it also lends itself to other interpretations. The hidden faces in the rocky outcrops, for instance, may be reminding the viewer of the revealed and concealed nature of the universe.
- Published References
- Auctions. vol. 36, no. 207 London, June 1920. pp. 307, 316.
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
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