Sulwan al-muta’ fi ‘udwan al-atba’ (Comfort of rulers when faced with the hostility of their followers) by Ibn Zafar (d.1170)

Manuscript; Sulwan al-muta’ fi ‘udwan al-atba’ (Comfort of rulers when faced with the hostility of their followers); Arabic and Persian in black naskh script with illuminated unwan in white naskh; 103 folios with one double-page frontispiece (flyleaf folio and folio 1 recto), unwan (folio 1 verso), seal: oval (folio 1 recto), inscription on flyleaf; standard page: one column, 19 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in a marbled cardboard.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid or Qajar period, 18th century?
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 21 x 31 cm (8 1/4 x 12 3/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1906.300
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
fable, illumination, Iran, naskh script, prophet, Qajar period (1779 - 1925), Safavid period (1501 - 1722)
Provenance

From at least 1906 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), acquired from an unrecorded source by at least 1906 [1]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]

Notes:

[1] See Reserved Book List, R. 6013.1, on the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. This was one of a lot of ten previously undescribed books, from the Freer house library, which were put under No. 6013 on the Reserved Book List (see Curatorial Remark 1, G.D.G., 1935, in the object record, as well as F1906.302, Curatorial Remark 1, G.D.G., 1935, in the object record).

[2] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Manuscript; Sulwan al-muta' fi 'udwan al-atba' (Comfort of rulers when faced with the hostility of their followers); Arabic and Persian in black naskh script with illuminated unwan in white naskh; 103 folios with one double-page frontispiece (flyleaf folio and folio 1 recto), unwan (folio 1 verso), seal: oval (folio 1 recto), inscription on flyleaf; standard page: one column, 19 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in a marbled cardboard.

Inscription(s)

Flyleaf: [?] the poor, slave Abu [?] may God forgive him [A.H.] 1117, [A.D. 1705].
Poor slave Ibrahim Pasha, son of Muhammad al-sa'd al-husna, may God forgive him.
Rare book of the state of Abu'l-Fath Sultan Muhammad Khan 'Asri [?].
Seal: Khan Muhammad Husayn Shaykh al-Anvar.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum