Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); Rustam before Kay Ka’us

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; Rustam before Key Kaus; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; four columns of text; one of a group of two folios.
Border: The painting and the text are set in gold, blue, and white rulings mounted on a gold-sprinkled paperboard.

Historical period(s)
Delhi Sultanate period, 3rd quarter of 15th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 29 x 23.8 cm (11 7/16 x 9 3/8 in)
Geography
Possibly India
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.135
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Delhi Sultanate (1206 - 1526), epic, Henri Vever collection, India, Kay Kavus, nasta'liq script, Rustam, Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1932
Indjoudjian Collection, 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] The folio was in the Indjoudjian collection by at least 1932 when it was published in Collection de Indjoudjian: Arts du Proche-Orient des grandes époques (Paris, 1932), no. 23. 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. 403

[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)

Indjoudjian Freres
Henri Vever 1854-1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; Rustam before Key Kaus; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; four columns of text; one of a group of two folios.
Border: The painting and the text are set in gold, blue, and white rulings mounted on a gold-sprinkled paperboard.

Published References
  • Indjoudjian Freres. Publication title unknown. cat. 23.
  • 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. 102, p. 87.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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