Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: The siege of Turanian stronghold by the forces of Kay Khusraw; verso: text, Afrasiyab escapes from the ruined stronghold

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: illustration and text: The siege of Turanian stronghold by the forces of Kay Khusraw; verso: text: Afrasiyab escapes from the ruined stronghold, 4 columns, 25 lines; one of a group of 3 folios.
Border: The painting is set in blue, gold, and black rulings on cream-colored paper; the text is set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Turkmen period, 15th century
School
Timurid School
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 15.3 x 15.5 cm (6 x 6 1/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1928.11
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Afrasiyab, battle, epic, Iran, Kay Khusraw, nasta'liq script, Shahnama, Turkmen period (1378 - 1508)
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration and text: The siege of Turanian stronghold by the forces of Kay Khusraw; verso: text: Afrasiyab escapes from the ruined stronghold, 4 columns, 25 lines; one of a group of 3 folios.
Border: The painting is set in blue, gold, and black rulings on cream-colored paper; the text is set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

Published References
  • James Waterson. The Ismaili Assassins: A History of Medieval Murder. London. pl. 8.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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