Folio from a Rawzat al-safa (Garden of Felicity) by Mirkhwand (d. 1498); recto: illumination and text; verso: text

Folio from a dispersed copy of a Rawzat al-Safa Fi Sirat al-Anbiya Wa’l-Muluk Wa’l- Khulafa (Garden of Felicity) by Muhammad b. Khwandshah (known as Mirkhwand); Persian and Arabic in black and red nasta’liq script; recto: left-hand half of a double-page frontispiece now separate from the facing folio (S1986.373), headings in white, one column, eleven lines; verso: text, one column, twenty-five lines; one of a group of three folios.
Border: The recto is set in red and blue rulings followed by illuminated side panels and cartouches and an illuminated outer frame on cream-colored paper. The verso is set in gold, purple, blue, and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Maker(s)
Author: Khwandshah (Mirkhwand)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, early 17th century
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 38 x 24.6 cm (14 15/16 x 9 11/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.374
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, history, illumination, Iran, Rawzat al-safa, 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

Folio from a dispersed copy of a Rawzat al-Safa Fi Sirat al-Anbiya Wa'l-Muluk Wa'l- Khulafa (Garden of Felicity) by Muhammad b. Khwandshah (known as Mirkhwand); Persian and Arabic in black and red nasta'liq script; recto: left-hand half of a double-page frontispiece now separate from the facing folio (S1986.373), headings in white, one column, eleven lines; verso: text, one column, twenty-five lines; one of a group of three folios.
Border: The recto is set in red and blue rulings followed by illuminated side panels and cartouches and an illuminated outer frame on cream-colored paper. The verso is set in gold, purple, blue, and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

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. 233, pp. 196-197.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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