Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; recto: Shirin seated with Farhad by the milk conduit; verso: text

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami, Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: Shirin seated with Farhad by the milk conduit; verso: text, four columns, twenty lines; seal.
Border: The painting and the text are set in gold, red, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1560-1570
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 34.6 x 22.5 cm (13 5/8 x 8 7/8 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
S1986.200
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Farhad, flute, Henri Vever collection, Iran, Khamsa, landscape, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Shirin, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami, Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: Shirin seated with Farhad by the milk conduit; verso: text, four columns, twenty lines; seal.
Border: The painting and the text are set in gold, red, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Marking(s)

seal: Henri Vever, round, London 31.
Douanes Paris Expos, on the back frame.

Published References
  • Islamic Art and Indian Miniatures. London, October 18, 1994. lot 25, p. 18.
  • 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. 259, pp. 228-229.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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