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- Previous Owner(s)
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: four columns, twenty-five lines of text; verso: Jarira stabs herself by the bier of Farud; one of a group of five folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper.
[The composition is] characteristic of paintings that flourished in the 1440s under Prince Ibrahim Sultan (reigned 1414-34), Timur's grandson, in Shiraz. Although the figures are schematized, their expressiveness lends a distinct sense of excitement and drama to the paintings. The [illustration] depict[s] [a moment] in the Shahnama (Book of kings) and underscore[s] epic concepts, such heroism, pride, and the inevitability of human fate. [It] represents a battle between the heroes Rustam and Isfandiyar, which eventually leads to Isfandiyar's death, while the other portrays a mother's response to her son's death. For the Timurids, whose military and political authority depended largely on tribal loyalty and allegiances, such stories must have carried particular relevance.
- 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. 96, p. 84-85.
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
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- Rights Statement
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