Folio from a Rawdat al-safa by Mirkhwand (d. 1498); recto: illumination; verso: illuminated text

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of a Rawdat al-safa fi sirat al-anbiya wa ‘l-muluk wa ‘l-khulafa (Garden of purity) by Muhammad b. Khwandshah (known as Mirkhwand); text: Persian in black and white nasta’liq script; recto: left-hand half of a double-page frontispiece now separate from its facing folio (S1986.246); verso: text, one column, twenty-five lines; one of a group of twenty folios.
Border: The frontispiece is set in an illuminated border; the text is set in red, gold, and blue rulings on a paper with floral motifs.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Inayatullah al-katib al-Shirazi
Author: Khwandshah (Mirkhwand)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1571-1572
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 40.6 x 24.5 cm (16 x 9 5/8 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
S1986.235
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached Manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, history, illumination, Iran, Islam, prophet, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), 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 a Rawdat al-safa fi sirat al-anbiya wa 'l-muluk wa 'l-khulafa (Garden of purity) by Muhammad b. Khwandshah (known as Mirkhwand); text: Persian in black and white nasta'liq script; recto: left-hand half of a double-page frontispiece now separate from its facing folio (S1986.246); verso: text, one column, twenty-five lines; one of a group of twenty folios.
Border: The frontispiece is set in an illuminated border; the text is set in red, gold, and blue rulings on a paper with floral motifs.

Inscription(s)

Stamps: blue edge rect, 211

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. 213, p. 192.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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