Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d. 1020); recto: text, Afrasiyab’s dream; verso: text, Garsiwaz takes Afrasiyab’s message to Siyavush and Rustam

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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: Afrasiyab’s dream; verso: text: Garsiwaz takes Afrasiyab’s message to Siyavush and Rustam; 6 columns; 29 lines of text; one of a group of 6 folios.
Border: The text is set in gold, red, 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): 25.2 x 19.3 cm (9 15/16 x 7 5/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1945.23.2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Afrasiyab, epic, hero, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, Rustam, Shahnama, Siyavush, 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: Afrasiyab’s dream; verso: text: Garsiwaz takes Afrasiyab's message to Siyavush and Rustam; 6 columns; 29 lines of text; one of a group of 6 folios.
Border: The text is set in gold, red, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

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. 108,132,157, 215, 293, fig. 106.
  • Abolqasem Ferdowsi. The Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings. New York. pp. 232-237.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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