Folio from the Tarikh-i alam-aray-i Shah Ismail (The world adorning history of Shah Ismail); The Battle between Shah Ismail and Abul-khayr Khan

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Tarikh-i alam aray-i Shah Ismail (The world adorning history of Shah Ismail) by Bijan; The battle between Shah Ismail and Abul-Khayr Khan with two lines of calligraphy in Persian black nasta’liq script above and below the painting; reverse: blank
Border: The painting is set in gold, blue, and purple rulings with a narrow, pink inner frame of gold floral scroll and a black outer frame with gold floral motifs.

Maker(s)
Artist: Mu'in Musavvir (or a follower)
Author: Bijan
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1688
Medium
Opaque watercolor and ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W (painting): 19.9 × 15.1 cm (7 13/16 × 5 15/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Isfahan
Credit Line
Gift of Martha Mayor Smith and Alfred Mayor in memory of A. Hyatt Mayor
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F2000.3
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
battle, flower, Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From 1950s
Hyatt-Mayor Collection, from the 1950s [1]

To 2000
Martha Mayor Smith, Washington, DC, and Alfred Mayor, New York City, by descent, to 2000

From 2000
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Martha Mayor Smith and Alfred Mayor in 2000

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Note 2, Massumeh Farhad, February 29, 2000, in the object record.

Previous Owner(s)

Martha Mayor Smith
Alfred Mayor

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Tarikh-i alam aray-i Shah Ismail (The world adorning history of Shah Ismail) by Bijan; The battle between Shah Ismail and Abul-Khayr Khan with two lines of calligraphy in Persian black nasta'liq script above and below the painting; reverse: blank
Border: The painting is set in gold, blue, and purple rulings with a narrow, pink inner frame of gold floral scroll and a black outer frame with gold floral motifs.

Published References
  • Jeremy Tredinnick. An Illustrated History of Kazakhstan. .
  • Asia Inside Out: Changing Times. .
  • Qaraqalpaqs of the Aral Delta. .
  • Betty S. Anderson. A History of the Modern Middle East: Rulers, Rebels, and Rogues. Stanford, California. p. 46, fig. 1.4.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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