Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Zal climbs to reach Rudaba; verso: text: Zal consults with the priests about Rudaba

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, Zal climbs to reach Rudaba; verso: text, Zal consults with mubidan (priests) about Rudaba, six columns, twenty-five lines of text.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold and blue 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: 25.6 x 17.2 cm (10 1/16 x 6 3/4 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
S1986.154
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
epic, Henri Vever collection, Iran, lovers, Rudaba, Shahnama, Timurid period (1378 - 1506), WWII-era provenance, Zal
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

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, Zal climbs to reach Rudaba; verso: text, Zal consults with mubidan (priests) about Rudaba, six columns, twenty-five lines of text.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Inscription(s)

Rectangular panel on top, O opener of the gates; (on doorway) Power is God's.

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. 100, p. 86.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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