Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); The paladin Piran presents the young Khusraw to Afrasiyab

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskhi script; recto: blank; verso: illustration and text: The paladin Piran presents the young Khusraw to Afrasiyab, 6 columns, 29 lines; one of a group of 2 folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red, gold, blue, and white rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, early 14th century
Medium
Opaque watercolor, gold and black on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 4.4 x 8.3 cm (1 3/4 x 3 1/4 in)
Geography
Probably Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1940.14
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Afrasiyab, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, Khusraw, naskh script, Piran, Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1940
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1940 [1]

From 1940
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1940 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file. For additional information, see 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 the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskhi script; recto: blank; verso: illustration and text: The paladin Piran presents the young Khusraw to Afrasiyab, 6 columns, 29 lines; one of a group of 2 folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red, gold, blue, and white rulings on cream-colored paper.

Published References
  • A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present. 15 vols., , Reissue with corrigenda and addenda. London and New York. vol.5, p. 1834.
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson. The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts. Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts New York and London. pp. 91, 102.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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