Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Siyawush cleaves an onager into equal halves while hunting with Afrasiyab; verso: text, Piran’s Advice to Siyawush

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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: illustration and text: Siyawush cleaves an onager into equal halves while hunting with Afrasiyab, 4 columns, 19 lines; verso: text: Piran’s Advice to Siyawush, 6 columns, 29 lines; one of a group of 6 folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red, green, gold, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, 1300-1350
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 25.5 x 19.4 cm (10 1/16 x 7 5/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1945.25.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Afrasiyab, hunting, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, naskh script, 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: illustration and text: Siyawush cleaves an onager into equal halves while hunting with Afrasiyab, 4 columns, 19 lines; verso: text: Piran's Advice to Siyawush, 6 columns, 29 lines; one of a group of 6 folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red, green, gold, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Published References
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson. Manuscripts and Mongols: Some Documented and Speculative Moments in East-West/Muslim-Christian Relations. vol. 30, no. 3 Raleigh, NC. p. 380, fig. 6.
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson. The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts. Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts New York and London. pp. 198, 280, 294, 296, fig. 83.
  • Abolqasem Ferdowsi. The Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings. New York. p. 251.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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