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
This folio is from a copy of the Shahnama, created during the reign of the Mongol Il-khanid dynasty (1256-1353), which controlled Iran, Iraq, and parts of present-day Turkey. The image represents the death of the mythical bird Simurgh, which embodies benevolent supernatural forces in the epic. Compressed into a small space, the image is remarkable for evoking the intensity of the tragic moment.
- Published References
- Marianna Shreve Simpson. The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts. Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts New York and London. pp. 93, 149, fig. 15.
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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