Folio from a Mihr-u Mushtari (The Sun and Jupiter) by ‘Assar (d. circa 1377-90); Mihr and Mushtari have blood taken from their arms

Folio from a dispersed copy of Mihr and Mushtari by Assar; Mihr and Mushtari have blood taken from their arms; five lines of text in Persian black nasta’liq script; one of a group of three: manuscripts (S 1986.62, S 1986.39) and folio (S 1986.164).
Border: The painting is set in red, purple, blue, and green rulings mounted on a paperboard with landscape and animal motifs.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1560-1570
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 32.4 x 17.4 cm (12 3/4 x 6 7/8 in)
Geography
Iran, Qazvin?
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.164
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript, Painting
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, interior, Iran, Jupiter, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), sun, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Unidentified sale, 1930, no. 114. [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] 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 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
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Folio from a dispersed copy of Mihr and Mushtari by Assar; Mihr and Mushtari have blood taken from their arms; five lines of text in Persian black nasta'liq script; one of a group of three: manuscripts (S 1986.62, S 1986.39) and folio (S 1986.164).
Border: The painting is set in red, purple, blue, and green rulings mounted on a paperboard 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. 57, p. 46.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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