Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (died 1209); verso: text and illustration: Bahram Gur and the Princess in the Black Pavilion; recto: text

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: text: nineteen lines; verso: illustration and text: Bahram Gur and the princess in the black pavilion; one of a group of two folios.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca. 1550
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 30.3 x 20.5 cm (11 15/16 x 8 1/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.182
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Bahram Gur, Henri Vever collection, Iran, Khamsa, lute, pavilion, percussion instrument, princess, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1913
Georges Tabbagh, Paris, France. [1]

From 1913 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Georges Tabbagh, Paris, France on November 22, 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] 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. 405.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See 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. 235.

[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)

Henri Vever 1854-1942
Georges Tabbagh 1905 - 1936
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: text: nineteen lines; verso: illustration and text: Bahram Gur and the princess in the black pavilion; one of a group of two folios.

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. 251, p. 223.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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