Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Shirin before Shiruya; verso: text

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; left-hand half of a double-page composition separated from the facing folio (S1986.227); text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: Shirin before Shiruya; verso: text, four columns, twenty-five lines; one of a group of six folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold, red, and green rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1600
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 34.5 x 22 cm (13 9/16 x 8 11/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.226
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript, Painting
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
court, Henri Vever collection, Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Shahnama, Shirin, throne, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
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; left-hand half of a double-page composition separated from the facing folio (S1986.227); text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: Shirin before Shiruya; verso: text, four columns, twenty-five lines; one of a group of six folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold, red, and green rulings on cream-colored paper.

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. 157, p. 124.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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