Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); verso: Arzu, the jeweler’s daughter, plays before Bahram Gur; recto: text: Bahram reaches the jeweler’s house

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; recto: text, Bahram reaches the jeweler’s house, 4 columns, 33 lines; verso: illustration and text, Arzu, the jeweler’s daughter, plays before Bahram Gur, 4 columns, 21 lines; one of a group of 7 folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Mongol period, 1303-1357
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image size): 22.7 x 15.4 cm (8 15/16 x 6 1/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1946.16
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
Bahram Gur, Iran, king, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), naskh script, Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; recto: text, Bahram reaches the jeweler's house, 4 columns, 33 lines; verso: illustration and text, Arzu, the jeweler's daughter, plays before Bahram Gur, 4 columns, 21 lines; one of a group of 7 folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red rulings on cream-colored paper.

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