Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: left-hand half of a double-page illumination; verso: text: Discourse in praise of wisdom, The creation of the world and the nature of man

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in white thuluth script outlined in black and black naskh script; recto: left-hand half of a double-page illumination, detached from the facing folio (S1986.110), one column, 10 lines; verso: text: Discourse in praise of wisdom, The creation of the world and the nature of man, four columns, 22 lines; one of a group of 12 folios. Patron: Qiwam al-Dawla wa’-Din
Border: The recto and verso are set in red, blue and black rulings mounted on cream-colored paper.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Hasan b. Muhammad b. Ali b. Husayni (Mawsili)
Patron: Qiwam al-Dawla wa'l-Din
Historical period(s)
Inju dynasty, Mongol period, February 1341 (Ramadan 741 A.H.)
Medium
Ink, color and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 36 x 29.4 cm (14 3/16 x 11 9/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.111
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Inju dynasty (1335 - 1357), Iran, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Charles Vignier (1863-1934), Paris, France. [1]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. [2]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [3]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [4]

Notes:

[1] See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 402.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[4] See note 3.

Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854-1942
Charles Vignier 1863-1934
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in white thuluth script outlined in black and black naskh script; recto: left-hand half of a double-page illumination, detached from the facing folio (S1986.110), one column, 10 lines; verso: text: Discourse in praise of wisdom, The creation of the world and the nature of man, four columns, 22 lines; one of a group of 12 folios. Patron: Qiwam al-Dawla wa'-Din
Border: The recto and verso are set in red, blue and black rulings mounted on cream-colored paper.

Inscription(s)

Illuminated shamsa: The book of Shahnama; from the sayings of the king of wisdom, the sultan of poets, Abu'l-Qasim Muhammad al-Firdawsi al-Tusi, peace be upon him. At the end of the auspicious month of God, Ramadan, may its glory extend to all, the year seven hundred and forty-one of the Hegira [A.D. February 1341]. Mercy and peace of God upon Muhammad and his descendants, the good and pure, all of them.

Published References
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 77, p. 70.
  • Henry Corbin, Paul Pelliot, Eustache de Lorey. Les Arts de l'Iran, l'ancienne Perse, et Bagdad. Paris. cat. 21.2, p. 141.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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