Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d.1209); recto: Bilqis enthroned, left-hand half of a double-page; verso: Sarlawh and text unrelated to Khamsa (from the Shahnama of Firdawsi)

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: left-hand half of a double-page composition mounted on an unrelated page of the Shahnama, facing folio (S1986.189.1), Bilqis enthroned; verso: text from the Shahnama of Firdawsi; sarlawh; four columns, fifteen lines, one of a group of two folios.
Border: recto: the painting is set in a blue and red inner frame and an illuminated outer frame; verso: the text is set in gold, red and blue rulings on paper with landscape and animal motifs.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca.1560
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 33.3 x 20.8 cm (13 1/8 x 8 3/16 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
S1986.189.2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Bilqis, harp, Henri Vever collection, illumination, Iran, percussion instrument, princess, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: left-hand half of a double-page composition mounted on an unrelated page of the Shahnama, facing folio (S1986.189.1), Bilqis enthroned; verso: text from the Shahnama of Firdawsi; sarlawh; four columns, fifteen lines, one of a group of two folios.
Border: recto: the painting is set in a blue and red inner frame and an illuminated outer frame; verso: the text is set in gold, red and blue rulings 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. 298, p. 259.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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