Folio from an unidentified text; recto: Bahram Gur Hunts with Azada; verso: Kitab-i Marasi (plaintive poems)

Detached folio from a dispersed manuscript; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: Bahram Gur hunts with Azada mounted on a folio of text from a Kulliyyat of Sa’di; verso: unrelated text: Kitab-i Marasi (plaintive poems).
Border: recto: The painting is set in gold, red and blue rulings mounted on text; verso: the text is set in gold and blue rulings on a paper with bird and floral motifs.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1570
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 33.6 x 20.1 cm (13 1/4 x 7 15/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.228
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Bahram Gur, Henri Vever collection, hunting, Iran, king, landscape, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Unidentified sale, no. 280. [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 Glenn D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, 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. 263, cat. 305.

[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 manuscript; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: Bahram Gur hunts with Azada mounted on a folio of text from a Kulliyyat of Sa'di; verso: unrelated text: Kitab-i Marasi (plaintive poems).
Border: recto: The painting is set in gold, red and blue rulings mounted on text; verso: the text is set in gold and blue rulings on a paper with bird and floral 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. 305, p. 263.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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