Divan (Collected poems) by Jami (d. 1492)

Manuscript; Divan (Collected poems) by Jami; Persian in black nasta’liq script; headings in white and blue; 282 folios with 1 sarlawh (folio 1 verso), 1 unwan (folio 5 recto), and five paintings; standard page: 2 columns, 11 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in papier-mâché with lacquer-painted exterior covers and doublures of leather filigree, scalloped medallion, and cornerpieces on a multicolored paper ground.

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Maker(s)
Author: Jami (died 1492)
Historical period(s)
2nd half of 16th century
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 23.5 x 15.5 cm (9 1/4 x 6 1/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase -- Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.49
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
attendant, divan, flute, Henri Vever collection, Iran, nasta'liq script, percussion instrument, prince, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1931
Octave Homberg, Paris, from at least 1931 [1]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 [2]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France [3]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France [4]

Notes:

[1] A note in the object record states: Octave Homberg (June 1931, sale no. 91) rsxx; ? sale "no. 35 en 1933 - roax" (see also, Curatorial Remarks 1 and 2 in the object record). The object is documented as having appeared in the collection of Octave Homberg by at least June 1931. See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 400.

[2] See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 145, no. 174.

[3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[4] See note 3.

Previous Owner(s)

Octave Homberg
Henri Vever 1854-1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Manuscript; Divan (Collected poems) by Jami; Persian in black nasta'liq script; headings in white and blue; 282 folios with 1 sarlawh (folio 1 verso), 1 unwan (folio 5 recto), and five paintings; standard page: 2 columns, 11 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in papier-mâché with lacquer-painted exterior covers and doublures of leather filigree, scalloped medallion, and cornerpieces on a multicolored paper ground.

Published References
  • Octave Homberg. Publication title unknown. cat. 91, p. 48.
  • 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. 174, p. 145.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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