Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (died 1020); recto: text and illustration: Rustam confronts the Turanian, Pilsam; verso: text

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; heading in red; recto: illustration and text: Rustam confronts the Turanian, Pilsam, 6 columns, 20 lines; verso: text: 6 columns. 30 lines; one of a group of 7 folios.

Historical period(s)
Inju dynasty, Mongol period, 1341 (741 A.H.)
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 9.9 x 2.4 cm (3 7/8 x 15/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1942.11
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
Afrasiyab, Inju dynasty (1335 - 1357), Iran, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), naskh script, Rustam, Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1919
Unknown owner, Persia, to 1919 [1]

From 1919 to 1942
Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc., New York received from Persia in 1919 [2]

From 1942
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc., New York, in 1942 [3]

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Remark 3, G.D.G, 1942, in the object record: the manuscript "from which the two leaves (F1942.11, F1942.12) were taken was brought to Mr. Kelekian from Persia in 1919."

[2] See note 1. Also, see Freer Gallery or Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc.

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; heading in red; recto: illustration and text: Rustam confronts the Turanian, Pilsam, 6 columns, 20 lines; verso: text: 6 columns. 30 lines; one of a group of 7 folios.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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