Folio from an ‘Aja’ib al-makhluqat wa gharaib al-mawjudat (Wonders of creation and oddities of existence) by al-Qazvini (died 1283); recto: Illustration: A haloed figure enthroned; verso: text

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of an ‘Aja’ib al-makhluqat wa- ghara’ib al-mawjudat (Wonders of creation and oddities of existence) by al-Qazvini; text: Persian in black and red nasta’liq script; recto: illustration: A haloed figure enthroned; verso: text, fifteen lines; one of a group of 2 folios.
Border: The painting and the text are set in gold and black rulings.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca.1590-1600
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 14.6 x 12.6 cm (5 3/4 x 4 15/16 in)
Geography
Iran, probably Qazvin
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.161
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
angel, Henri Vever collection, Iran, landscape, nasta'liq script, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance, zodiac
Provenance

To 1913
Claude Anet (1868-1931), Paris, France. [1]

From 1913 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Claude Anet, Paris, France on January 1913. [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] Claude Anet was the pseudonym of writer Jean Schopfer. 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. 404. See also Glen D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 2: Ledger of Acquisitions, 1894 and 1907-17" in A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 233.

[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
Claude Anet 1868-1931
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of an 'Aja'ib al-makhluqat wa- ghara'ib al-mawjudat (Wonders of creation and oddities of existence) by al-Qazvini; text: Persian in black and red nasta'liq script; recto: illustration: A haloed figure enthroned; verso: text, fifteen lines; one of a group of 2 folios.
Border: The painting and the text are set in gold and black rulings.

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. 276, p. 241.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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