Rustam slaying the white elephant with a single blow from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script, heading in gold naskh outlined in black; recto: Rustam slaying the white elephant with a single blow, 6 columns, 31 lines; verso: text, Rustam going to Mount Sipand, Rustam writing a letter announcing his victory to Zal, Zal’s answer to the letter, 6 columns, 31 lines; one of a group of 41: the manuscript (F1930.1) and 40 detached folios (F1929.25-34, F1929.36-46, F1930.2-17 and F1940.12-13) are accessioned separately.
Border: The recto and verso are set in red rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Mongol period, early 14th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 9.3 x 11.6 cm (3 11/16 x 4 9/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1929.35
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
elephant, epic, Iran, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), Rustam, Shahnama
Provenance

To 1929
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1929 [1]

From 1929
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1929 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file (F1929.25a-b), undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script, heading in gold naskh outlined in black; recto: Rustam slaying the white elephant with a single blow, 6 columns, 31 lines; verso: text, Rustam going to Mount Sipand, Rustam writing a letter announcing his victory to Zal, Zal's answer to the letter, 6 columns, 31 lines; one of a group of 41: the manuscript (F1930.1) and 40 detached folios (F1929.25-34, F1929.36-46, F1930.2-17 and F1940.12-13) are accessioned separately.
Border: The recto and verso are set in red rulings on cream-colored paper.

Published References
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson. The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts. Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts New York and London. pp. 65, 68, 352.
  • Raman Sukumar. The Story of Asia's Elephants. India. p. 181, fig. 7.2.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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