Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Mehr Hormozd kills Khusraw Parviz, The story of Shiruya and Shirin; verso: The story of Shiruya and Shirin

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; Persian in black nasta’liq script, headings in gold and red; recto: Mehr Hormozd kills Khusraw Parviz, The story of Shiruya and Shirin; four columns, twenty-six lines of text; verso: right-hand half of a double- page composition separated from the facing folio (S1986.226), the continuation of The story of Shiruya and Shirin, four columns, twenty-six lines; one of a group of six folios.
Border: The text is set in gold, red, and green rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid Period, circa 1600
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink 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
S1986.227
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, Khusraw Parviz, Mehr Hormozd, nasta'liq script, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Shahnama, Shirin, Shiruya, 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; Persian in black nasta'liq script, headings in gold and red; recto: Mehr Hormozd kills Khusraw Parviz, The story of Shiruya and Shirin; four columns, twenty-six lines of text; verso: right-hand half of a double- page composition separated from the facing folio (S1986.226), the continuation of The story of Shiruya and Shirin, four columns, twenty-six lines; one of a group of six folios.
Border: The text is 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. 156, p. 124.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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