Bijan in bonds before Afrasiyab from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script, heading in gold naskh outlined in black; recto: illustration and text, Bijan in bonds before Afrasiyab, 6 columns, 31 lines; verso: unrelated text not following the recto, Capture of Caesar by Shapur, 6 columns, 31 lines; one of a group of 40: the manuscript (F1930.1) and 39 detached folios (F1929.25-46, F1930.2-17, F1940.12) are accessioned separately.
Border: The painting and the text are set in red rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, Mongol period, early 14th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 9.2 x 11.5 cm (3 5/8 x 4 1/2 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1940.13
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
Afrasiyab, Bijan, epic, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), prisoner, Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script, heading in gold naskh outlined in black; recto: illustration and text, Bijan in bonds before Afrasiyab, 6 columns, 31 lines; verso: unrelated text not following the recto, Capture of Caesar by Shapur, 6 columns, 31 lines; one of a group of 40: the manuscript (F1930.1) and 39 detached folios (F1929.25-46, F1930.2-17, F1940.12) are accessioned separately.
Border: The painting and the text are set in red rulings on cream-colored paper.

Published References
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson. The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts. Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts New York and London. pp.149, 247, 301, fig. 17.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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