Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d.1209); recto: Bahram Gur hunts with Azada; verso: text, Bahram Gur’s letter to Manzar-i Arab, Response of Manzar-i Arab to Bahram Gur’s letter

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Haft paykar from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: Bahram Gur hunts with Azada; verso: text: Bahram Gur’s letter to Manzar-i Arab, Response of Manzar-i Arab to Bahram Gur’s letter, headings in red, four columns, twenty-five lines.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold, black and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1580
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 31.1 x 20 cm (12 1/4 x 7 7/8 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
S1986.276
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript, Painting
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
archery, Bahram Gur, harp, Henri Vever collection, hunting, Iran, Khamsa, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Haft paykar from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: Bahram Gur hunts with Azada; verso: text: Bahram Gur's letter to Manzar-i Arab, Response of Manzar-i Arab to Bahram Gur's letter, headings in red, four columns, twenty-five lines.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold, black and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Inscription(s)

Upper left corner: recto, "image…"

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. 265, p. 232.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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