Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d. 1020); recto: Bahram Chubineh enthroned; verso; Khosrow Parviz going to Rome

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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: text: Bahram Chubineh enthroned, heading in gold, 6 columns, 30 lines; verso: text: Khusraw Parviz going to Rome, heading in gold, 6 columns, 30 lines of text; one of a group of 6 folios.
Border: The text is set in gold, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, 1300-1350
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 24.9 x 19.2 cm (9 13/16 x 7 9/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1945.21.2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Bahram Chubina, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, Khusraw Parviz, Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1945
H. Kahn Monif (died 1968), Persian Antique Gallery, New York, NY, to 1945 [1]

From 1945
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H. Kahn Monif in 1945

Notes:

[1] 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

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskhi script; recto: text: Bahram Chubineh enthroned, heading in gold, 6 columns, 30 lines; verso: text: Khusraw Parviz going to Rome, heading in gold, 6 columns, 30 lines of text; one of a group of 6 folios.
Border: The text is set in gold, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Published References
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Exhibition of 2500 Years of Persian Art. Exh. cat. Washington, 1971. pp. 4-5, pl. 13.
  • 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
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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