Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Nushirwan’s dream; reverse: text from another part of the manuscript unrelated to the recto: Sohrab seized Rustam’s belt and dragged him from the saddle

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: illustration and text, Nushirvan’s dream; reverse: text from another part of the manuscript unrelated to the recto, Sohrab seized Rustam’s belt and dragged him from the saddle; four columns; twenty-five lines; one of a group of five folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold, blue and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Historical period(s)
Timurid period, ca. 1440
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 31.3 x 23.5 cm (12 5/16 x 9 1/4 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.148
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
dreaming, epic, Henri Vever collection, Iran, Nushirvan, Shahnama, Timurid period (1378 - 1506), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Octave Homberg? [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 original folder sheet provenance note states “Collection Homberg (?)”, suggesting it may have belonged to Octave Homberg of Paris, France.

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

[3] See note 2.

[4] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Octave Homberg
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration and text, Nushirvan’s dream; reverse: text from another part of the manuscript unrelated to the recto, Sohrab seized Rustam's belt and dragged him from the saddle; four columns; twenty-five lines; one of a group of five folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold, blue and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

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. 99, p. 84.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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