Mihr-u Mushtari (The Sun and Jupiter) by Shams al-Din Muhammad Assar Tabrizi (d. circa 1390)

Manuscript; Mihr u Mushtari by Shams al-Din Muhammad Assar Tabrizi; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; headings in gold, white and blue; 186 folios with a sarlawh (folio 1 verso), 5 paintings (25recto, 48verso, 84recto, 112recto, 141recto); seals (fols. 1 and 186 rectos); one of a group of three: manuscripts (S 1986.62, S 1986.39) and folio (S 1986.164); standard page: 2 columns, 14 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in olive leather over paper pasteboards, the exterior covers are decorated with gold block- stamped medallions and cornerpieces. The envelope flap has a border identical to that on the upper and lower covers, and the tip of the envelope flap contains a horizontal medallion outlined in gold.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Mir Ali Haravi (died ca. 1550)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca.1520-1530
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 25 x 15.5 cm (9 13/16 x 6 1/8 in)
Geography
Historic Iran, present-day Afghanistan, probably Herat
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.39
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, Mihr, Mushtari, nasta'liq script, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Manuscript; Mihr u Mushtari by Shams al-Din Muhammad Assar Tabrizi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; headings in gold, white and blue; 186 folios with a sarlawh (folio 1 verso), 5 paintings (25recto, 48verso, 84recto, 112recto, 141recto); seals (fols. 1 and 186 rectos); one of a group of three: manuscripts (S 1986.62, S 1986.39) and folio (S 1986.164); standard page: 2 columns, 14 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in olive leather over paper pasteboards, the exterior covers are decorated with gold block- stamped medallions and cornerpieces. The envelope flap has a border identical to that on the upper and lower covers, and the tip of the envelope flap contains a horizontal medallion outlined in gold.

Inscription(s)

Seals: fol.186recto (oval, in kufic) [illegible]

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. 56, pp. 44-45.
  • Laurence Binyon, J.V.S. Wilkinson, Basil Gray. Persian Miniature Painting: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House, January-March 1931. Exh. cat. Oxford, January - March 1931. cat. 128, p. 129.
  • Fereshteh Daftari. The Influence of "Persian Art" on Gauguin, Matisse, and Kandinsky. Ann Arbor. p. 175.
  • Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Persian Art. Exh. cat. London. cat. 544c, p. 262.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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