Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: text; verso: Darab sleeping in the ruined vault

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.

Historical period(s)
Mongol period, Il-Khanid dynasty, circa 1330-1340
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 25.2 x 20.4 cm (9 15/16 x 8 1/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Tabriz
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1930.78
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
child, Dara, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, naskh script, prince, Shahnama, sleeping, vault
Provenance

To 1930
Otto Burchard & Co., Inc. (C. Edward Wells), to 1930 [1]

From 1930
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Otto Burchard & Co., Inc. in 1930 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Otto Burchard & Co., Inc.

Description

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.

Label

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.

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Arts of the Islamic World
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