Second volume of a Tarikhnama (Book of history) by Bal’ami (died ca. 992-997)

Manuscript; Tarikhnama (Book of history) by Bal’ami, volume II; Persian in black naskhi script; headings in red; 205 folios with 8 paintings (fols. 18recto, 30verso, 53recto, 61verso, 84recto, 97recto, 158recto, 181verso); blank folios:1-12 and 188-205; seal; marginalia (fols. 168recto, 183recto); marginal corrections (fols. 97recto, 141recto, 161recto, 179recto); one of a group of 3: volume I, folios 79, and 84, bound within volume II, are accessioned separately as (F1957.16, F1930.21); standard page:33 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript, which was bound in a worn leather cover, is now bound in brown leather over paper pasteboards; the lower and upper covers both have a border of multiple fillets.

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Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, Mongol period, early 14th century
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 41.2 x 29 cm (16 1/4 x 11 7/16 in)
Geography
Probably Iraq
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1947.19
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Balami, battle, Caliph Ali, history, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), illustrated, Iraq, Muhammad, naskh script, prophet, Tarikhnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1947
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York. [1]

From 1947
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872-1962

Description

Manuscript; Tarikhnama (Book of history) by Bal'ami, volume II; Persian in black naskhi script; headings in red; 205 folios with 8 paintings (fols. 18recto, 30verso, 53recto, 61verso, 84recto, 97recto, 158recto, 181verso); blank folios:1-12 and 188-205; seal; marginalia (fols. 168recto, 183recto); marginal corrections (fols. 97recto, 141recto, 161recto, 179recto); one of a group of 3: volume I, folios 79, and 84, bound within volume II, are accessioned separately as (F1957.16, F1930.21); standard page:33 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript, which was bound in a worn leather cover, is now bound in brown leather over paper pasteboards; the lower and upper covers both have a border of multiple fillets.

Inscription(s)

Folio 168recto: Historical account on Abbaseh's love for Ja'far Barmaki.

Folio 183recto: Historical account on characteristics of Mu'tasem Belah.

Published References
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  • Philipp Walter Schulz. Die Persisch-Islamische Miniaturmalerei: Ein Beitrag zur Kunstgeschichte Irans. 2 vols, Leipzig. vol. 1: p. 74, pls. H-K, 2.
  • , Eva Baer, David Nicolle, Barbara Schmitz, Oliver Watson. The Art of the Saljuqs in Iran and Anatolia. Costa Mesa, California. fig. 159.
  • Rachel Milstein. Biblical Themes in Islamic Painting., 1st ed. Paris. figs. 30-31.
  • Georges Marteau, Henri Vever. Miniatures Persanes: tirees des collections de M.M. Henry d'Allemagne, Claude Anet, Henri Aubrey... 2 vols., Paris, June-October 1912. cat. 52, 53, 54, vol. 1: pls.XLVII-XLVIII.
  • A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present. 15 vols., , Reissue with corrigenda and addenda. London and New York. vol. 5: p. 1833.
  • Hagop Kevorkian. Exhibition of the Kevorkian Collection Including Objects Excavated Under His Supervision. New York. cat. 255.
  • Freer Gallery of Art. Gallery Book II: Exhibition of August 19, 1933. Washington. .
  • Teresa Fitzherbert. Bal'ami's Tabari: An Illustrated manuscript of Bal'ami's Tarjama-yi Tarikh-i Tabari in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington. 2 vols. University of Edinburgh. .
  • Hagop Kevorkian. Special Exhibition: The Arts of Persia and Other Countries of Islam: H. Kevorkian Collection. New York, April 22 - May 15, 1926. p. 3.
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  • Kurt Holter. Die Islamischen Miniaturhandschriften vor 1350. Leipzig. cat. 38, p. 16.
  • Na'ama Brosh, Rachel Milstein. Biblical Stories in Islamic Painting. Exh. cat. Jerusalem. cat. 45, 69, 78, 88, pp. 30, 35-6, 38.
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  • Laurence Binyon, J.V.S. Wilkinson, Basil Gray. Persian Miniature Painting: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House, January-March 1931. Exh. cat. Oxford, January - March 1931. p. 31.
  • Edgar Blochet. Les Enluminures des Manuscrits Orientaux: Turcs, arabes, persans de la Bibliotheque Nationale. Paris. pp. 52-3, 181, pls. 1, 2.
  • C.A. Storey, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Persian Literature: A Bio-Bibliographical Survey. 3 vols., London. p. 63.
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  • H. Buchtal, O. Kurz, Richard Ettinghausen. Supplemantary Notes to K. Holter's Check List of Islamic Illuminated Manuscripts before A.D. 1350. vol. 7, no. 2 Ann Arbor. no. 38, p. 154.
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Islamic Art and Archaeology: Collected Papers. Berlin. pp. 244-68,284-5, fig. 2.
  • Iranian Institute of America. Guide to the Exhibition of Iranian Art. Exh. cat. New York. p. 245, case 3c.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
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