Folio from a Rawdat al-safa (Garden of felicity) by Mirkhwand (d. 1498); recto: flyleaf; verso: illumination

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of a Rawdat al-safa fi sirat al-anbiya’ wa-al -muluk wa-al-khulafa (Garden of purity on the lives of the prophets, kings, and caliphs) by Muhammad b. Khwandshah (known as Mirkhwand); text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: flyleaf, inscription, illegible seal; verso: right-hand half of a double-page frontispiece separate from facing folio (s1986.235); one of a group of twenty folios.

Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Inayatullah al-katib al-Shirazi
Author: Khwandshah (Mirkhwand)
Historical period(s)
1700 (1111 A.H.)
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 17.5 x 18.1 cm (6 7/8 x 7 1/8 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.246
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio fragment

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, illumination, Iran, Rawzat al-safa, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of a Rawdat al-safa fi sirat al-anbiya' wa-al -muluk wa-al-khulafa (Garden of purity on the lives of the prophets, kings, and caliphs) by Muhammad b. Khwandshah (known as Mirkhwand); text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: flyleaf, inscription, illegible seal; verso: right-hand half of a double-page frontispiece separate from facing folio (s1986.235); one of a group of twenty folios.

Inscription(s)

Flyleaf, Book of Rawdat al-safa large size paper..; covered and registered...margined, illuminated, and illustrated; with a leather cover...belonging to the royal lord on the date of holy Ramadan [A.H.] 1111 [A.D. February 1700] the chapters were; collated.

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. 212, p. 193.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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