Folio from an unidentified text; recto: text; verso: illuminated medallion with two ornamental borders

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Detached folio from an unidentified text; recto: text, 1 column, 11 lines; verso: a shamsa, illuminated medallion with a calligraphic inner border in kufic script and two ornamental outer borders.
Border: The recto is set in gold, black and blue rulings on cream-colored paper. The shamsa is mounted on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
13th-14th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 33.8 x 24.6 cm (13 5/16 x 9 11/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1933.3
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
illumination, Iran, kufic script, shamsa, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1933
Kirkor Minassian (1974-1944), New York. [1]

From 1933
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Kirkor Minassian, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Kirkor Minassian 1874 - 1944

Description

Detached folio from an unidentified text; recto: text, 1 column, 11 lines; verso: a shamsa, illuminated medallion with a calligraphic inner border in kufic script and two ornamental outer borders.
Border: The recto is set in gold, black and blue rulings on cream-colored paper. The shamsa is mounted on cream-colored paper.

Inscription(s)

In roundel, inside rim, repetition of "The kingdom belongs to God" in kufic script.

Published References
  • Freer Gallery of Art. Gallery Book I: Exhibition of November 1933. Washington. .
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum