Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (died 1020); recto: text and illustration: Rustam slays Ashkbus and his horse; verso: text

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; marginal writings in nasta’liq; heading in red; recto: illustration and text, Rustam slays Ashkbus and his horse, 4 columns, 21 lines; verso: text, 4 columns, 33 lines; one of a group of 7 folios.

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, Mongol period, ca. 1350
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 8.3 x 15.2 cm (3 1/4 x 6 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1944.56
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
epic, hero, horse, Iran, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), Piran, Rustam, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
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 naskh script; marginal writings in nasta'liq; heading in red; recto: illustration and text, Rustam slays Ashkbus and his horse, 4 columns, 21 lines; verso: text, 4 columns, 33 lines; one of a group of 7 folios.

Published References
  • Lawrence Binyon, J.V.S. Wilkinson, Basil Gray. Persian Miniature Painting: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House, January-March 1931. Exh. cat. Oxford, January - March 1931. cat. 22, p. 47.
  • M.S. Dimand. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. Human Relations Area Files, 2nd edition, revised and enlarged. New York. fig. 14.
  • Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. Early Arabic and Persian Paintings. vol. XXI Boston. p. 50.
  • Philipp Walter Schulz. Die Persisch-Islamische Miniaturmalerei: Ein Beitrag zur Kunstgeschichte Irans. 2 vols, Leipzig. pl. L, 2.
  • M.S. Dimand. A Guide to an Exhibition of Islamic Miniature Painting and Book Illumination. Exh. cat. New York and Portland, ME, October 9-January 7, 1933-1934. fig. 9.
  • FIrdausi Jules Mohl. Le livre des rois: Manuscrits ine´dits de la Bibliotheque Royale 3. Collection Orientale Paris. pp. 120, 124,130.
  • FIrdausi. The Shahnama of Firdausi. vol. III, London. pp. 180,182,185.
  • Hagop Kevorkian. Kevorkian 1944 Letter File. .
  • William Lillys, Robert Reiff, Emel Esin. Oriental Miniatures: Persian, Indian, Turkish., 1st edition. Rutland, VT. p. 27, pl. 4.
  • A.R. Nykl. A Horoscope of Ali ibn Abi Talib. vol. X Ann Arbor, 1944. pls. 152-153.
  • Eric Schroeder. Persian Miniatures in the Fogg Museum of Art. Cambridge, MA. pp. 29-34, pl. II.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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