Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Lahhak and Farshidward before Afrasiyab; verso: text

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi, text: Persian in black naskh script, heading in red; recto: text, Turanian received news of the death of their heroes, six columns, 30 lines; verso: illustration “Lahhak and Farshiward before Afrasiyab” and text, The escape of Lahhak and Farshidward, six columns, 18 lines; one of a group of eleven folios. Patron: Qiwam al-Dawla wa’l-Din Inju.
Border: The text and painting are set in red and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Hasan b. Muhammad b. Ali b. Husayni (Mawsili)
Patron: Qiwam al-Dawla wa'l-Din
Historical period(s)
Inju dynasty, Mongol period, February 1341 (Ramadan 741 A.H.)
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 36.4 x 28.8 cm (14 5/16 x 11 5/16 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
S1986.99
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Afrasiyab, epic, Henri Vever collection, Inju dynasty (1335 - 1357), Iran, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Georges Tabbagh, Paris, France. [1]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. [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] 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. 401.

[2] See note 1.

[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)

Henri Vever 1854-1942
Georges Tabbagh 1905 - 1936
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi, text: Persian in black naskh script, heading in red; recto: text, Turanian received news of the death of their heroes, six columns, 30 lines; verso: illustration "Lahhak and Farshiward before Afrasiyab" and text, The escape of Lahhak and Farshidward, six columns, 18 lines; one of a group of eleven folios. Patron: Qiwam al-Dawla wa'l-Din Inju.
Border: The text and painting are set in red and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

Inscription(s)

Stamps: London Exhib 1931 VV12; Douanes Paris Expos

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. 81, p. 73.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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