Two Demons Attacked by Four Flying Angels

Folio from a dispersed manuscript; Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: unrelated text from Yusuf va Zulaykha, four columns, twenty-one lines; verso: Two Demons Attacked by Four Flying Angels; one of a group of four; surface worn.
Border: The text is set in gold and green rulings on paper with landscape and animal motifs; the painting is set in grey and gold rulings on a green paper with floral motifs mounted on paperboard.

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Historical period(s)
ca. 1580-1590
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 33.7 x 21.9 cm (13 1/4 x 8 5/8 in)
Geography
Iran, Possibly Qazvin
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.250
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
angel, demon, Henri Vever collection, Iran, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Folio from a dispersed manuscript; Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: unrelated text from Yusuf va Zulaykha, four columns, twenty-one lines; verso: Two Demons Attacked by Four Flying Angels; one of a group of four; surface worn.
Border: The text is set in gold and green rulings on paper with landscape and animal motifs; the painting is set in grey and gold rulings on a green paper with floral motifs mounted on paperboard.

Inscription(s)

Stamps: 20.362-4.i40 A.P. debut; London '31--VV 44; douanes expos, Paris; see

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. 313, p. 266.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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