Otto Burchard & Co., Inc. (C. Edward Wells), to 1930 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Otto Burchard & Co., Inc. in 1930 
 Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
Otto Burchard & Co., Inc.
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; recto: text, 6 columns, 31 lines; verso: illustration and text, Darab sleeping in the ruined vault, 6 columns, 31 lines; one of a group of 16 folios.
Border: The painting and the text are set in gold, blue and black rulings on cream-colored paper.
Darab, Shah Bahman's son, was cast away in an ark by his mother, Humay, so that she could retain power after Bahman's death. He was raised unaware of his father's royalty by foster parents. One day, while fighting a battle, Darab took refuge in a vault. As Rashnavad, who was leading Humay's army, passed by the vault, a voice cried out that the boy sleeping in the vault was Bahman's son and legitimate heir to his throne.
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
- Web Resources
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- Rights Statement
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