Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (died 1020); recto: illustration and text: Akvan Div prepares to heave the sleeping Rustam into the sea; verso: text

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; recto: illustration and text: Akvan Div prepares to heave the sleeping Rustam into the sea, 6 columns, 17 lines; verso: text, 6 columns, 29 lines; one of a group of 6 folios.

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, Mongol period, early 14th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 25.4 x 19.2 cm (10 x 7 9/16 in)
Geography
Probably Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1945.23.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), naskh script, Rustam, Shahnama, sleeping, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1945
H. Kahn Monif (died 1968), Persian Antique Gallery, New York, NY, to 1945 [1]

From 1945
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H. Kahn Monif in 1945

Notes:

[1] Undated folder sheet note. For additional information, see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

H. Kahn Monif died 1968

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; recto: illustration and text: Akvan Div prepares to heave the sleeping Rustam into the sea, 6 columns, 17 lines; verso: text, 6 columns, 29 lines; one of a group of 6 folios.

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. 108,132,157, 215, 293, fig. 106.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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