Folio from a Yusuf u Zulaykha by Jami (d. 1492); verso: Potiphar and Zulaykha enthroned; recto: text

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Yusuf U Zulaykha by Jami; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: two columns, twelve lines of text; verso: Potiphar and Zulaykha enthroned; one of a group of two folios.
Border: The text is set in red, black, and gold rulings mounted on gold sprinkled paper, the painting is set in gold, red, and blue rulings mounted on paper with landscape and animal motifs.

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Maker(s)
Author: Jami (died 1492)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1575
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 28 x 18.8 cm (11 x 7 3/8 in)
Geography
Iran, Khurasan
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.162
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, percussion instrument, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance, Yusuf, zither, Zulaykha
Provenance

To at least 1922
Moussa, Tehran, Iran. [1]

1922
Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, Objets d'art Anciens de la Perse, May 5-6, 1922, no. 113. [2]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. [3]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [4]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [5]

Notes:

[1] The object was in the collection of Moussa (M.J.M) until 1922 when it was published in the auction catalogue, Objets d'art anciens de la Perse, May 5-6, 1922. 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.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1.

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

[5] See note 4.

Previous Owner(s)

Hotel Drouot
Moussa
Henri Vever 1854-1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Yusuf U Zulaykha by Jami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: two columns, twelve lines of text; verso: Potiphar and Zulaykha enthroned; one of a group of two folios.
Border: The text is set in red, black, and gold rulings mounted on gold sprinkled paper, the painting is set in gold, red, and blue rulings mounted on paper with landscape and animal motifs.

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. 189, pp. 160-161.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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