Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); Siyawush’s ordeal by fire

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; Siyawush’s ordeal by fire; fragment of a sarlawh in Persian white nasta’liq script from the Haft Paykar of Nizami has been pasted to this painting.
Border: The painting is set in gold, blue, and black rulings mounted on a paperboard with floral motifs and a blue background.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1590
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 34.1 x 24.1 cm (13 7/16 x 9 1/2 in)
Geography
Iran, Isfahan?
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.210
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
epic, fire, Henri Vever collection, horse, Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Shahnama, Siyavush, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

1930
Unidentified sale, no. 131. [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. 406.

[2] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

[4] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; Siyawush's ordeal by fire; fragment of a sarlawh in Persian white nasta'liq script from the Haft Paykar of Nizami has been pasted to this painting.
Border: The painting is set in gold, blue, and black rulings mounted on a paperboard with floral motifs and a blue background.

Inscription(s)

Stamps: Doune Paris (pink on back frame)

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. 122, p. 111.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum