H. Kahn Monif (died 1968), Persian Antique Gallery, New York, NY, to 1945 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H. Kahn Monif in 1945
 Undated folder sheet note. For additional information, see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.
- Previous Owner(s)
H. Kahn Monif died 1968
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskhi script; obverse: text: The story of Khusraw and the hermit (the old astrologer greets Khusraw Parviz at the door of his hermitage), heading in gold, 6 columns, 30 lines; reverse: illustration and text: Khusraw Parviz's letter to Caesar of Rome, heading in gold, 6 columns, 22 lines; one of a group of 6 folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red, gold, and black rulings; the borders have been removed from the folio.
This folio is from the Shahnama (Book of kings) of Firdawsi devoted to the life of the Sasanian king Khusraw Parviz (reigned 591-628). Like several mythical and historical Shahnama heroes before him, the king lost his right to the Persian throne to an usurper and was forced into exile. While wandering through the lands, he visits an astrologer hermit in a monastery near the Syrian city, Rakka. The old sage foretells that Khusraw Parviz will regain the Persian throne within twelve months, a prophecy that comes true.
- Published References
- Dr. Esin Atil. Exhibition of 2500 Years of Persian Art. Exh. cat. Washington, 1971. cat. 13, pp. 4-5.
- Jose Pijoan. Arte Islamico. vol. 12, Summa artis, historia general del arte, 1st ed. Madrid. p. 353, fig. 490.
- Marianna Shreve Simpson. The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts. Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts New York and London. pp. 89, 100, 108, 151, fig. 21.
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
- Web Resources
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- Rights Statement
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